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Aesculus Hippocastanum - General symptoms

Horse Chestnut, Aesc hip, Aesculus Hipposcastanum, Aesculus Hippocastanum, Aesculus hip, Aesc.

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HPUS indication of Aesculus Hippocastanum: Hemorrhoids
Aesculus Hippocastanum
Common symptoms: Hemorrhoids, Back pain, Irritability.

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



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 Aesculus Hippocastanum 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 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.

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

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 Aesculus Hippocastanum 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.).

Aesculus Hippocastanum 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 Aesculus Hippocastanum. 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 Aesculus Hippocastanum 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 Aesculus Hippocastanum.


Tincture, to third potency.


A peculiar kind of plethora is found running through Aesculus Hippocastanum, 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