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Horse Chestnut

What is horse chestnut used for?

Horse chestnut has been suggested for treating asthma, sport injuries, varicose veins, pain in the legs, swelling in the legs, tiredness, poor circulation, hemorrhoids, bronchitis and as an expectorant. It is used widely in Europe.

This supplement has been shown to be effective for treating circulation difficulties such as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and will reduce swelling in the legs and helps with pain and varicose veins. 

What are the side effects from using horse chestnut?

This supplement is safe to use with only some minor side effects such as headache, nausea, dizziness and skin itch.

Pharmacist Tom's recommendations: This supplement is proven effective for treating chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and treats varicose veins, leg pain and swelling in the legs.

Typical dose that used is 300 mg (containing about 50 to 75 mg of escin) taken twice daily.

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