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Common Name Horsechestnut
Latin Name Aesculus hippocastanum
Family Hippocastanaceae
Part Used The fruit (the green part of the chestnut)
Gathering Time Fall
Constituents Saponins, tannin, hydroxycoumarin, flavones, starch, fatty oil, glycosides (aeculin and fraxin)
Actions Astringent, circulatory tonic
Common Uses Used to strengthen the veins. Internally used for phlebitis, inflamation of the veins, varicose veins, hemorrhoids. Externally used for leg ulcers.
Contraindications Avoid during pregnancy.
Possible Drug Interactions Horsechestnut contains hydroxycoumarin, a chemical that has anti- coagulant properties. Do not use concurrently with aspirin, or other salicylates. May potentiate diabetic medications.
Overdose Symptoms Unknown

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