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Homeopathic RemediesAesculus Hippocastanum

Aesculus Hippocastanum - General symptoms

Horse Chestnut, Aesc hip, Aesculus Hipposcastanum, Ęsculus Hippocastanum

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HPUS indication of Aesculus Hippocastanum: Hemorrhoids
Aesculus Hippocastanum

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while very dilute Aesculus Hippocastanum may help, unprocessed Aesculus is often best avoided.

Below are the strongest indications (i.e. symptoms) of Aesculus in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

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Very large and hard stool voided with great difficulty, followed by severe pains in anus, with feeling as if a portion of the anus was protruded, accompanied with dull pains in the umbilical and hypogastric regions.

this feeling lasted all night, and until late in morning, with very severe backache in lower part of lumbar and sacral regions,.

The action of this drug is most marked on the lower bowel, producing engorged hemorrhoidal veins, with characteristic backache, with absence of actual constipation. Much pain but little bleeding. Venous stasis general, varicose veins of purple color; everything is slowed down, digestion, heart, bowels, etc. Torpor and congestion of the liver and portal system, with constipation. The back aches and gives out and unfits the patient for business. Flying pains all over. Fullness in various parts; dry, swollen mucous membranes. Throat with hemorrhoidal conditions.

Reflex rectal symptoms

Rectum painful constriction; as of a knife sawing up and down

HOT, DRY, STIFF, ROUGH or full feeling internally; throat, abdomen, anus, etc

Purple puffy parts


Pains, sticking; like hot lightning

Irritable Crushing in occiput

Nose sensitive to cool inspired air; it burns

Congestive catarrh

Follicular pharyngitis

Throbs, deep in abdomen

Stool, hard, dry; of several colors

RECTUM sore, as of a burr or sticking pains long after stool; as of a bug crawling from anus (Sulphur Sul)

Piles, purple, painful, external; with BACKACHE (Nux Vomica Nux-v---- ), chest pains, etc

Laming, dull, lumbar pain; small of back gives out; repeated efforts at rising; worse walking

Lumbar region or back as if to break

Bruised pain in sacrum and hips

Paralytic heaviness of arms, spine, feet

Hippocastanum vulgaris. Horse-chestnut. (Northern India and North America.) N. O. Sapindaceae. Tincture of ripe kernel; trituration of dry kernel. Tincture of fruit with capsule (according to Hering, this is the best).

Anus, affections of. Back, affections of. Constipation. Cough. Haemorrhoids. Headache. Hernia. Intermittents. Jaundice. Liver, affections of. Lumbago. Prostate N/A gland, affections of. Sacrum, pain in. Taste, altered. Throat, affections of. Tongue, affections of. Uterus, prolapse of.

Aesculus Glabra AEscul. hip. is a great pile remedy. In some districts it is a popular custom to carry a chestnut in the pocket as a preventive. It produces many symptoms of disordered liver Malaise.

dulness of head and mind.

fulness at root of nose. Follicular pharyngitis with dryness.

burning. roughness. contraction in throat, as in follicular pharyngitis. There is soreness and fulness in liver region.

the abdomen is sore to touch. There is jaundice with bileless stools. Throbbing in abdomen, especially hypogastrium. The most intense action is on the lower bowel and pelvic organs. There are haemorrhoids, blind or bleeding.

if they bleed it gives relief. Feeling of dryness in rectum as if little sticks or splinters were pricking the folds of mucous membrane.

with weak feeling in sacro-iliac joints, as if legs would give way. (Argentum Metallicum Arg. n. has also pain in sacro-iliac joints and sensation as if the bones were loose.) Constipation, stools large, hard, followed by feeling of prolapse of rectum. General aching in lumbar and sacral regions, with stiffness in the back, almost impossible to walk. Tearing in the small of the back and hips. Poisoning with the green rind of horse-chestnut has produced the following symptoms in a boy Pupils widely dilated in bright light. Face flushed.

pulse full. Drowsy and apparently slept, but the sleep was interrupted at short intervals by sudden awakenings and screams. Great terror as from a dreadful dream, or apparition on opening his eyes. Questioning failed to elicit the cause of his terror. AEsc. h. patients are, as a rule, despondent and irritable. Walking greatly agg. all symptoms. Cold air and cold seasons agg.

nose and throat very sensitive when inhaling.

agg. after washing. amel. Summer.

agg. winter (haemorrhoids).

Horse Chestnut. Helbig. Sapindaceae.

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Modalities The conditions of Aesculus Glabra Aesculus are worse during sleep, hence symptoms are observed on waking.

He wakes up with confusion of mind, looks all around the room in confusion, bewildered, does not know the people, wonders where he is and what is the meaning of the things he sees.

It is especially useful in children that rouse up in sleep frightened and in confusion, like Lycopodium Lycopodium

The remedy produces great sadness, irritability, loss of memory and aversion to work. There are times when there is a sense of bodily congestion, fullness of the veins, and then these symptoms are most marked.

It is a general venous stasis, and is sometimes worse in sleep, worse from lying, better from bodily exertion.

The symptoms pass away after considerable exertion; moving about, doing something, keeping busy relieves.

You will find it useful in persons who suffer from palpitation when the pulsation extends to the extremities and the throbbing of the heart in sleep can be heard; an audible palpitation.

Hahnemann directs us to pay most attention to the symptoms of the mind, because the symptoms of the mind constitute the man himself.

The highest and innermost symptoms are the most important, and these are the mind symptoms.

Aesculus Glabra Aesculus has not been brought out in the finest detail, but we have the key to it.

Extreme irritability is the very general state from which ramify a great many mental symptoms.

Irritability and mental depression run through a great many remedies, and form the centre around which revolve all the mental symptoms in some cases.

The reason that these are more interior than some other symptoms of the mind is that these relate to the affections themselves.

The mental symptoms can be classified in a remedy. The things that relate to the memory are not so important as the things that relate to the intelligence, and the things that relate to the intelligence are not so important as the things that relate to the affections or desires and aversions.

We see in a state of irritability that the patient is not irritable while doing the things that he desires to do; if he wants to be talked to, for instance, you do not discover his irritability while talking to him.

You never discover he is irritable if you do the things he wants you to do. But just as soon as you do something he does not want, this irritability or disturbance of the will is brought on, and this is the very innermost of the manAEs state.

That which he wishes belongs to that which he wills, and the things that relate to what he wills and the most important things in every proving.

You may say that an individual is sad, but he is sad because he lacks something that he wants; he desires something which he has not and becomes sad for it; sadness may go on to such an extent that the mind is in confusion.

Confusion of mind and vertigo. Make this distinction, vertigo is not confusion of the intelligence.

You have only to meditate upon it a moment and you will see that it is not.

Confusion of the mind is a disturbance of the intellect, not disturbance of the sensorium; you will make a distinction between staggering when walking and a period of disturbance of the mind, with inability to think clearly.

These things must be thought out carefully, so that we are clear in our own minds as to what symptoms mean when they are given to us by patients.

A patient may state that when walking in the street he is dizzy or that it appears as though everything interiorly were turning around, yet he may be perfectly able to add up a column of figures; his mind may be clear.

If we ourselves are perfectly clear as to the meaning of these expressions, we will commonly glean the meaning of the patient. It is important to record the language of the patient, yet often a patient will say something which you can see he does not mean at all, and it then becomes necessary to put in a parenthesis what he really means. For instance, a patient says

"I have such a pain in my chest," with the band on the abdomen, or a woman when menstruating will say the pain is in the stomach when you know it is in the uterus.

Patients must be questioned oftentimes as to their statements, or requested to place the hand upon the painful part. In the same way, therefore, patients talk about dizziness when they are not dizzy at all, but feel a confusion of mind, or they speak of confusion of mind when they mean that they stagger in the street.

It is in the nature of this remedy to have flying pains all over the body, like Pulsatilla Pulsatilla and Kali Carb Kali carb, flitting, sharp, shooting, tearing pains, flying from one part to another.

they seem at times to be scarcely more than skin deep. Sometimes they fly along the course of the nerves.

"Dull frontal headache, from right to left, with constrictive feeling of skin of forehead."

Fullness of the head, with dull, heavy pains, aching in the forehead; pain over the right eye.

"Neuralgic pains in the right supraorbital region."

"Shooting in left parietal bone, later in right."

Formication of the scalp. If you examine the skin you will find formication, tickling and shooting and itching all over the body, so what there is in the scalp is only what belongs to the remedy in all parts.

By that I mean particularly enlarged blood vessels.

Great redness of the eyes, with lachrymation. burning eyeballs and vascular appearance.

This increased determination of blood is more or less painful; the eyeballs feel sore and ache; sharp, shooting pains in eyes.

In almost every rubric of Aesculus Glabra Aesculus we shall find stitching and shooting; little twinges; wandering pains with fullness; almost every kind of disturbance will intensify e fullness.

Fullness of the hands and feet, not the fullness that pits upon pressure, that we call oedema, but a tenseness.

Medicines having much trouble with the veins are often disturbed by hot bathing, weakness after a hot bath, weakness in warm weather, aversion to heat and desire for cold.

It is the state of Pulsatilla Pulsatilla The Pulsatilla Pulsatilla veins contract in cold weather, and the shrivelling up makes the patient feel better, but the veins fill and become engorged in the warm air and after a hot bath.

A tepid bath sometimes makes a Pulsatilla Pulsatilla patient feel better, but a Turkish bath is generally distressing. Many of the complaints of Aesculus Glabra Aesculus are of this sort; Aesculus Glabra Aesculus often feels better in cold air.

The symptoms of Aesculus Glabra Aesculus are often brought out, by temperature, especially the little stinging pains. It is characteristic of these superficial pains that they are nearly always ameliorated by heat, while the deeper affections are oftentimes ameliorated from cold.

Now, in Pulsatilla Pulsatilla, the stinging pains of the scalp and those over the body, here and there, are often ameliorated by the local application of heat, while the patient himself wants to, be in the cold.

in the same way Aesculus Glabra Aesculus stinging pains are better from heat, while the patient is often better from cold, although at times he is aggravated from cold, damp weather in rheumatic and venous conditions.

Again, in Secale Cornutum Secale, we see that the little sharp pains that follow the course of the nerves are better from beat, but the patient himself wants to be in the cold air, or to be uncovered, except the spot of pain, which he wants kept warm.

We notice the same thing running through Camphora Camphora.

during the twinges of pain he wants the windows closed and wants hot applications.

but as soon as the pain is over he wants the windows up and desires to be uncovered so that he can breathe. These are general things, things that are to be observed in analyzing symptoms.

Aesculus Glabra Aesculus then is a venous remedy, engorged and full, sometimes to bursting. Now, there is another feature I want to bring out. You will notice where congestion takes place that it is purple or blue in color.

Aesculus Glabra Aesculus cures varicose leg ulcers with a purplish areola.

When we study the hemorrhoidal state we see the tumor is purple, looking almost as if it would slough. The remedy is not active in its inflammatory state, it is sluggish and passive

Certain remedies produce a slight inflammation with a high degree of redness, everything is violent and rapid, but in this medicine things are slow; the activities are reduced, the heart is laboring and the veins are congested.

"Eructations sour, greasy, bitter."

"Desire to vomit."

"Heartburn and gulping up of food after eating."

It has a great disturbance of digestion, and we can see by these symptoms that we must class it with Phosphorus Phosphorus and Ferrum Met Ferrum.

As soon as the patient has swallowed the food, or a little while after, it becomes sour and he eructates it, until after a while he has emptied the stomach of its contents.

Such is the state of Phosphorus Phosphorus, Ferrum Met Ferrum, Arsenicum Album Arsenicum, Aesculus Glabra Aesculus and a few other medicines. Aesculus Glabra Aesculus has also a state of congestion and ulceration of the stomach.

"Constant distress and burning in the stomach. Inclination to vomit."

Such a state as this might be present in ulceration of the stomach.

If we read the symptoms of the right hypochondrium, of the abdomen and of the rectum, we shall see from the study of these that there must be a marked portal stasis.

Digestion is slow, the bowels are constipated and there is protrusion of the rectum when at stool. It has most troublesome hemorrhoids with fullness of the right hypochondrium

The liver is full of suffering. After eating there is distress in the bowels and rectum. Sticking, jagging, burning pains, as if the rectum were full of sticks.

Great suffering with blind hemorrhoids. The hemorrhoidal veins are all distended and ulcerate. The stool becomes jammed into the rectum, against these distended veins, and then ulceration takes place with bleeding and great suffering.

This remedy is often supposed to be suitable to hemorrhoids that do not bleed, but it cures bleeding piles also. We find in the text over two pages devoted to the symptoms of the rectum. Great soreness; much pain; urging to stool; dark stool followed by white one, showing the liver engorgement. Chronic constipation.

It is a very common thing for patients suffering from hemorrhoids to have pain in the back of the neck and base of the brain, basilar headaches, and when these hemorrhoidal patients undertake to walk they have pain and aching across the sacrum into the hips.

This pain through the sacrum and into the hips, when walking, is a striking feature of Aesculus Glabra Aesculus, so striking that you may expect it to be present even when there are no hemorrhoids.

Constant dull backache.

walking is almost impossible.

scarcely able to rise or walk after sitting. You will see one suffering from the Aesculus Glabra Aesculus backache, on attempting to rise from sitting, make many painful efforts before he finally succeeds. This is found in Sulphur Sulphur, Petroleum Petroleum and is also cured by Agaricus N/A .

The woman feels that the uterus is engorged. She says that the lower part of the abdomen feels full, both before and during menstruation. There is much suffering at this time with pains in the hips.

"Uterine soreness, with throbbing in the hypogastrium."

"Old cases of leucorrhoea, discharge of a dark yellow color, thick and sticky."

"Leucorrhoea, with lameness in the back across sacro iliac articulations."

During pregnancy there are many complaints, with soreness and fullness and uneasy consciousness of the uterus and pain across the back when walking.

Aesculus Glabra Aesculus is full of gouty sufferings.

gout in all the joints, gouty rheumatic affections, neuralgic affections. Especially in this rheumatic tendency found from the elbows to the hands, in the forearm and hands. Rending, tearing pains, flying hither and thither without any particular order, relieved by heat.

Varicose veins of the thighs and legs have been cured by Aesculus Glabra Aesculus (Fluoric acid). This varicose tendency in the body we have already seen is a striking feature of Aesculus Glabra Aesculus.

After the sore throat has passed away, engorged veins are left, which Aesculus Glabra Aesculus sometimes cures. After eye troubles have been cured, varicose veins - remain in the eye.

With rheumatic complaints there are varicose veins. It is one of the most frequently indicated remedies in the hemorrhoidal constitution, as it used to be called.

Sense of fullness and pulsation in various organs and veins (especially plethoric), as if too full of blood.

Constant dull backache across sacrum and hips; worse walking or on stooping (piles, leucorrhoea, displacements etc.).

Sense of fullness, and as of sticks in the rectum (haemorrhoids).

Mucous membranes of mouth, throat, rectum are swollen, burn, dry and raw.

Coryza; thin, watery, burning; rawness and sensitive to inhaled cold air.

Frequent inclination to swallow, with burning, pricking, stinging and dry constricted fauces (Apis Mel Apis., Belladonna Bell.).

This is one of the remedies that is not so remarkable for its wide range of action as it is for positiveness within its range. Almost all its usefulness, so far as known, centres in its action in the lower back and pelvic region and ever prominent is this characteristic Constant dull backache, affecting sacrum and hips, much aggravated by walking or stooping. It is one of our leading remedies for haemorrhoids, and in addition to this backache there is a feeling of fullness, dryness, and sticking as if the rectum was full of sticks. There is not the tendency to protrusion or prolapsus that there is in Ignatia Ignatia, Aloe Socotrina Aloe, Podophyllum Peltatum Podophyllum and some other remedies, and the backache is often greatly out of proportion to any external evidence of piles. This feeling of fullness seems to be a sort of general characteristic of Aesculus Glabra Aesculus, but is especially prominent in the pelvic cavity.

These symptoms are often found in conjunction with other affections besides haemorrhoids, such as uterine displacements, and inflammations; and some very bad forms of leucorrhoea have been promptly cured by this remedy. There is another quite valuable symptom in these pelvic troubles, viz. throbbing or beating sensations, that calls for Aesculus Glabra Aesculus. I have seen equally good results from the use of this remedy in the 3d, and the potencies.

I used Aesculus Glabra Aesculus with great results in coryza and sore throat. The coryza is very much like the Arsenicum Album Arsenic coryza, thin, watery, and burning, but what characterizes Aesculus Glabra Aesculus here is sensation of rawness sensitive to inhaled cold air. In the throat it has the same sensation of rawness, both in the acute form, and also in chronic follicular pharyngitis, for which it is often a good remedy. It may be that age and use will develop more uses for this remedy.


Tincture, to third potency.


A peculiar kind of plethora isfound running through this remedy, a vascular fullness which affects the extremities and the whole body, and there are symptoms showing that the brain is similarly affected.


Veins Liver

Naso-pharynx ABDOMEN (R)


Mucus membranes Naso-pharynx


Sacro-iliac region

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