Horse Chestnut Extract [Ankle & Leg Swelling or Varicose Veins ?]

🦶Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a large deciduous tree native to the Balkan Peninsula but cultivated in many parts of the world. The extract from its seeds, specifically the standardized extract called horse chestnut seed extract (HCSE), has been used for various medicinal purposes. 🦶

Here’s some information about horse chestnut extract, its benefits, dosage, and potential side effects:

Benefits of Horse Chestnut Extract:

Venous Insufficiency: Horse chestnut extract is commonly used to help alleviate symptoms related to venous insufficiency, a condition where the veins in the legs have difficulty returning blood to the heart. It may help reduce leg pain, swelling, and cramps associated with this condition.

Varicose Veins: Horse chestnut extract may be beneficial for managing the symptoms of varicose veins, such as swelling, itching, and discomfort.

Hemorrhoids: Topical application or oral consumption of horse chestnut extract has been used to relieve symptoms associated with hemorrhoids, including pain, itching, and swelling.

Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Effects: Horse chestnut extract contains active compounds called saponins, flavonoids, and tannins, which possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These properties may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.


The dosage of horse chestnut extract can vary depending on the specific product and the condition being treated. It’s important to follow the instructions on the product packaging or consult with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance. In general, the typical recommended dosage ranges from 300 to 600 mg of standardized horse chestnut extract per day. It’s advisable to start with a lower dose and gradually increase as tolerated.

Side Effects:

Horse chestnut extract is generally well-tolerated when used appropriately. However, some individuals may experience mild side effects, including stomach upset, itching, or allergic reactions. In rare cases, it may cause more severe side effects such as liver toxicity. It’s important to discontinue use and seek medical attention if any adverse reactions occur.


Use with Caution: Horse chestnut extract should be used with caution in individuals with liver or kidney disease, bleeding disorders, or those taking blood-thinning medications, as it may interact with these conditions or medications.

Not for Internal Consumption of Raw Seeds: Raw horse chestnut seeds are toxic and should never be consumed internally. They contain a compound called esculin, which can be harmful. The extract from the seeds is specifically processed to remove this toxic compound.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals should avoid horse chestnut extract due to limited safety data.

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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and separately in Foot & Ankle Surgery. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best if you did not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.