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Aesculus hippocastanum

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Aesculus hippocastanum

1. Description


Latin Name:
Aesculus hippocastanum
Aesculus hippcastanum
Aesculus hippocastanum, Aesculus, Aesc, Buckeye, Chestnut, Conker, Conker tree, Horse chestnut,

2. Source & History

Although native to the Balkans it is now widely cultivated throughout the temperate world with cultivation for its spectacular spring flowers being successful as far north as Edmonton, Alberta and the Faroe Islands.

In Britain and Ireland the nuts are used for the popular children's game of conkers whilst during the two world wars horse-chestnuts were used as a source of starch to produce acetone which in turn was used to make cordite. In Bavaria the chestnut tree is highly valued for shading beer gardens and Kiev the capital of Ukraine have incorporated the flower spike into their coat of arms.

Its common name horse-chestnut is from the observation that horses eating them were cured of chest complaints although when consumed to excess it is poisonous to all animals (including horses and humans) with the exception of deer.

Homeopathic tincture is produced from the ripe kernel.

3. Mentals & Generals

Dull, confused, depressed, gloomy, low spirited
Absent minded, forgetfull concentration poor
Sad, morose, sensitive
Loses temper quickly

4. Particulars

Tenderness, right hypochondrium, liver region & epigastrium
Dry, pricking sensation like splinters, sore, burning, raw feeling in rectum/ anus.
Painful, purple, burning haemorrhoides
Stool hard dry, constipation. Rectal prolapse.
Tearing pain in lumbar & sacral region  Difficulty walking.

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Standing & lying
Chil 4 PM &
Fever 7-11 PM
Cold & winter
(skin & surface tissue)
Warmth & summer
(organs & joints)

Continuous gentle movement, outdoors.
Cold & winter
(organs & joints)
Warmth & summer
(skin & surface tissue)

6. Keywords

Haemorrhoidal tendency with much pain.
Mucus menbranes dry, burning, pricking, sore (nose, eye, mouth, throat, rectum)
Soreness (congestion) in the area of the liver (jaundice) & venous congestion
Severe constipation with rectal prolapse
Severe & paralytic lumar-sacral pain.
Back "gives-out".

7. Clinicals

Sore throat & cough
Back-pain, lumbago, sciatica
Liver congestion (jaundice)
Haemorrhoids, rectal prolapse
Varicose veins, thrombophlebitis

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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Aecs is usually used as an acute remedy and hence its employment is traditionally reserved to symptomatic non constitutional prescribing

Notwithstanding the above, high potency Constitutional prescription may be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars in situations where two or more non acute symptoms occur together eg
Haemorrhoids with Sore throat
Lumbago with Liver congestion (jaundice)

In terms of Nebel's Constitutional classification its grouping is shared between Carbonic (skin and psoric symptoms) and Phosphoric (gastrointestinal and congestive symptoms)

9. Relationships

Aloe, han, Kali-bi, Merc-v, Phyt, Pod, Rat.  
It Follows Well
Coll, Nux-v, Sul

10. Posology

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Aesculus hippocastanum tree
Aesculus hippocastanum tree

Conkers & Shell cases
Conkers & shell cases

Aesculus hippocastanum
Aesculus hippocastanum flower spike

Aesculus hippocastanum flower
Aesculus hippocastanum flower

Kiev coat of arms
Kiev coat of arms with
Aesculus flower spikes

Kingdom; Plant
Latin Name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Common Name: Horse chestnut
Homeopahtic: Aesculus hippocastanum 


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