The bark and fruit of horse chestnut are both used, medicinally, to affect the intestines and are especially useful for hemorrhoids and various rectal or bowel problems. The bark, which is considered to be tonic, narcotic, and a febrifuge, contains aesculin, ash, and tannin; the seeds contain phytosterols, starch sugar, and linoleic, palmitic, and stearic acids.
The bark can be used to help relieve intermittent fevers and externally for ulcers and sores. The fruit can be used to help relieve rectal problems, such as hemorrhoids, and for other problems of a rheumatic and neuralgic nature.
Commission E recommends use of powdered extract standardized to contain 16-20 percent of dried escin to deliver a dose of 250-313 milligrams twice a day.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
Discontinue use if you experience itching or nausea.
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