The healing properties of the wild chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) are known for centuries. Once found only in North Greece and Asia, this tree species is widespread in all Europe and North America today. The leaves and bark of the tree were traditionally used but the contemporary phytotherapy prefers the seeds because the concentration of active substances is higher. These are flavonoids, coumarins, tannins, allantoin, amino acids, choline, phytosterols, vitamin C, vitamin K etc.
Phytotherapeutist place special emphasis on two especially valuable substances:
aesculinе(coumarin glucoside) – tones “fragile” veins, decreases their permeability, makes them more elastic and healthy
estsin – decreases blood viscosity, that is the risk of blood clots and has a strengthening capillary action.
The rich composition of the extract from wild chestnut defines it as a powerful natural analgesic and powerful anti-inflammatory means. It acts effectively in the treatment of post-traumatic conditions - dislocation, sprain, strain. It removes swellings and bruises of different origin – which appeared as a result of injuries or difficulty in blood circulation and varicose veins. The contemporary medicine highly appreciates that the wild chestnut protects the veins. In short term it relieves the feeling of heaviness in the legs, relieves the pains and reduces the swellings. In long term it permanently improves the blood circulation strengthens the walls of the veins and raises their tone.