Native to western Asia (Persia and North India) but widely cultivated and naturalized in most temperate regions. Introduced into Europe and cultivated there since the 16th century, it is indigenous to certain parts of the Balkan Peninsula.
Chiefly used for medicinal purposes are the seeds (nuts), which are processed by the pharmaceutical industry.
The horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum, which has also been known as Hippocastanum vulgare, is an entirely different tree from the Sweet Chestnut, to which it is not even distantly related. Some writers think that the prefix “horse” is a corruption of the Welsh “gwres”, meaning hot, fierce, or pungent, e.g. ‘horse chestnut’ =’s the bitter chestnut, in opposition to the mild, sweet one.
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Understanding Herbs – Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
~ Written by one of Finlandia’s Clinical Herbalists: Petra Sovcov of Healing House Natural Wellness Clinic ~
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As with any form of herbal medicine, the information is not meant to replace medical advice or prescriptions from your MD. All information below is based off of Materia Medica texts and comes from published and historical sources.