When I was talking on the phone this week with my Mom, she was telling me her doctor recommended Venastat for her leg pain and swelling. I have a bad knee that swells up alot so was interested, and asked what's in it? as she said it was not a prescription but had to ask the pharmacist for it. Looking it up for me she said it was horse chestnut. Interesting, so I am off to research this out.
oops here is a photo-lol
Benefits and Overview:
The main benefits of a horse chestnut extract were proved years ago. Now horse chestnut extract is one of the most popular herbal remedies against vein diseases of the legs. Horse chestnut extract is famous due to it's benefits in many countries.
It's not an easy matter to call all the horse chestnut benefits. Unbelievable, absolutely all parts of the horse chestnut tree may be used medically.
Horse chestnut is an anti-inflammatory herb that helps in preventing varicose, hemorrhoid or similar problems.
It's perfect for the various venous diseases, including arteries hardening, varicose veins, leg ulcers, hemorrhoids and frostbite. But for the internal use only small dosage is prescribed. For the external use a lotion or a gel will do.
A tea made from the bark is used both internally and externally in the treatment of malaria and dysentery.
Homeopathic practitioners know well the useful properties of the leaf and the seed against hemorrhoids lower back pain, and varicose veins.
For the treatment of fevers and whooping cough helps a tea made from the leaves, in addition it's quite tonic.
For many years the horse chestnut seeds have been used in cases of rheumatism, neuralgia and hemorrhoids.
The extracted seed oil is used as a treatment for rheumatism.
Horse chestnut extract has been suggested for many uses, based on different tradition or on scientific theories. However, the effectiveness of it needs additional tests, and there is limited scientific evidence about safety or effectiveness.
Unfortunately the horse chestnut tree has "the other side". And there are some chestnut precautions.
Whole horse chestnut is classified as an unsafe herb. Eating the nuts or drinking a tea made from the leaves can be dangerous for our health causing horse chestnut poisoning - nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, salivation, headache, breakdown of red blood cells, convulsions, and circulatory and respiratory failure possibly leading to death.
People often confuse the seeds from the horse chestnut with nuts of the sweet chestnut. So, never take the seeds right off the tree to make a home remedy; almost all parts of the tree are poisonous. To be safe, they must be carefully treated before use.
People with severe kidney problems should avoid horse chestnut. Also injectable forms of horse chestnut can be toxic to the liver.
With some people, Horse Chestnut seed causes irritation of the digestive tract, reduced kidney function, and itching of the skin.
Horse chestnut is not recommended for children use.
Taking high doses of Horse Chestnut seed can be dangerous. Symptoms of overdose include diarrhea, pupils-dilated, loss of consciousness, appearing of red spots on the face, thirst, visual disturbances and vomiting.
Not looking at all set forth above, properly prepared horse chestnut products appear to be quite safe. And after decades of worldwide usage, there have been no cases of serious harmful effects, and even mild reported reactions have been few in number. We can say for sure that herbs are useful and should be at a hand in our everyday life.