Herbal Information for Organic Horse Chestnut in Cut Form
Common Name: Horse Chestnut
Botanical Name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Other Ingredients: None, nothing has been added to this product.
Package Size: 4 ounces
Form: Cut / Sifted, Organic
Dosage: Consult your healthcare professional for correct dosage.
Brand: Starwest Botanicals
Cautions: Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Do not overdose. Consult your physician if you have kidney disease. You shouldn't take horse chestnut with blood thinning medications.
About This Herb
Horse Chestnut and its primary active constituent, escin, exert several beneficial affects on the circulatory system. Horse chestnut is a veinotonic (tonifies the veins) and helps reduce fluid accumulation in the tissues. It has been shown to reduce leg circumference and volume in individuals with excessive fluid accumulation in these tissues. Horse Chestnut also helps protect blood vessels from damaging free radicals Topical use of standardized horse chestnut seed in balm form supports healthy venous circulation, resulting in improved blood flow in the legs and other body parts. Horse Chestnut is believed to decrease the permeability by reducing the number and size of small pores of capillary walls. Horse Chestnut's properties can help prevent fat cells pressing towards the surface of the skin giving the appearance of cellulite.
Centuries of Use
Horse chestnut’s botanical properties were first described by Italian medical botanist Mathiole in 1565, and the plant was widely used throughout Europe by the 18th century. In 1896, a French researcher, Artault de Vevey, reported on horse chestnut’s benefits for the health of blood vessels.
Clinical Studies Document Horse Chestnut’s Benefits
Today a growing body of research is confirming horse chestnut’s benefits for circulatory health—turning horse chestnut into one of the top ten best-selling herbs in Europe.
Horse chestnut’s benefits are associated with a variety of constituents, but especially with a group of saponins collectively known as aescin. Horse chestnut is also a valuable source of bioflavonoids, including the subclass of flavonoids known as proanthocyanidins, renowned for their antioxidant activity. When taken internally, research has shown horse chestnut’s constituents to strengthen the capillaries (the minute blood vessels that connect arteries and veins), support normal blood flow, and support the normal exchange of fluids through cell membranes.
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About Starwest Botanicals Quality Control
Starwest Botanicals validated quality assurance testing includes:
• Organoleptic testing to ensure proper appearance, color, aroma and flavor.
• Microscopic and Macroscopic inspection for foreign matter.
• HPTLC for identification, to verify purity and authenticity.
• ICP-MS heavy metal analysis.
• Microbiology testing for pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella.
• Chemical analyses for moisture content, volatile oil, ash and acid insoluble ash.
Audits all suppliers yearly to assure they meet our GMP requirements
Samples are retained from all shipments are thoroughly tested and compared to our extensive reference library of dried herbs and botanicals to verify authenticity. All lot samples are kept for five years and can be traced for verification.
Starwest Botanicals utilizes not only their in-house laboratory, but also independent labs and consultants to guarantee their analyses are complete. Testing includes organoleptic analysis for aroma, color, flavor and texture. Physical testing involves moisture, volatile oil content, heavy metals, microbiology, thin layer chromatography, and other tests specific to each herb.
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DetailsCurrent Stock:SKU: 209369-34Global Trade Item Number: 767963116949Manufacturer Part Number 209369-34Condition: NewAvailability: Usually ships in 1 business dayWidth: 3.00 (in)Height: 4.00 (in)Depth: 2.00 (in)