alkaloids aescine (from the seeds) and aesculine (from the bark) of
the Aesculus treat disturbances of blood circulation.
horse chestnut is a good remedy for persons who tend to haemorrhoids
(piles) and varicose veins with a purple color. The veins are full
and swollen. There is a feeling of burning, fullness and itching in
the rectum. At the same time the stool is hard and dry and results
in burning pain in the anus for hours after defecation. In general
the venous blood circulation is far too slow resulting in the
retardation of other body processes too.
Aecs is a remedy of venous stasis the colour of the veins is purple.
Thus the hemorrhoidal state of the rectum is purple, as is the
inflammation of the pharynx as well as that of the sclera of the eye
and the ulcers on the leg have a purple areola too. All these
conditions need to be of a purplish hue for the remedy to work. Aecs
is not active in the inflammatory state, it is sluggish and passive.
Whilst some remedies produce a slight inflammation with a high
degree of redness, everything is violent and rapid, with Aecs things
are slow; the activities are reduced, the heart is laboring and the
veins are congested.
patient has the feeling that the veins are overfilled. This
sensation of fullness can also be felt in the heart, lungs, stomach,
brains, pelvis or skin. The palpitations can be heard and they can
be felt in the extremities. Characteristic is the dull pain in the
sacrum and the hips when walking! This is particularly so during
pregnancy or in case of prolapsed uterus. This remedy image knows
much backpain with a feeling of heaviness, weakness or lameness and
fatigue in the back. Other signs of stagnation of the blood are a
dull and constant pain in the back of the head, and enlarged veins
in the eye with a sharp, shooting pain.
better these patients need to speed up their blood circulation.
Therefore it is understandable that they feel better by gentle
movements, cool air and being outdoors. For the same reason they
feel worse after sleep, lying down and by standing. The conditions
of Aesculus are worse during sleep, hence symptoms are observed on
they wake up it is with confusion of mind, they look all around the
room in confusion, with bewilderment, they do not know the people
around them and wonder where they are. It is especially useful in
children that rouse up in sleep frightened and in confusion
symptoms of Aesculus are often brought out, by temperature,
especially the little stinging pains. In almost every rubric of
Aesculus we find stitching and shooting; little twinges; wandering
pains with fullness; almost every kind of disturbance that
intensifies with fullness. It is characteristic of these superficial
pains that they are nearly always ameliorated by heat. For example
the stinging pains of the scalp and those over the body, here and
there are often ameliorated by the local application of heat.
In contrast the deeper affections are oftentimes ameliorated
from cold. Remedies having many symptoms associated with veins are
often aggravated by hot bathing, weakness after a hot bath, weakness
in warm weather, aversion to heat and desire for cold. It is the
characteristic of such remedies to contract the veins in cold
weather a process which makes the patient feel better. Many of the
complaints of Aesculus are of this sort with Aesculus patients
feeling better in cold air. Thus a tepid bath makes the patient feel
better. On the contrary warm air and hot baths cause the veins to
fill and become engorged which results in a stressful state for the
remedy produces great sadness, irritability, loss of memory and
aversion to work. The patient is often desperate, gloomy and
irritable. Mental concentration is difficult; there is dullness and
confusion in the head often with dizziness. These symptoms are most
marked when accompanied with a sense of bodily congestion and
fullness of the veins. In general venous stasis is worse from sleep,
worse from lying but better from bodily exertion, excersise; moving
about doing something. Keeping busy ameliorates..
There is displayed a
depressed and irritable sate. This state of irritability is not
present while doing anything the subject desires For example if the
patient wants to talk irritability does not appear when in
conversation. Irritable is never present when doing desired for
things. However as soon as something undesirable to the patient is
done a state of annoyance is aroused which manifests itself at once
Similarly with the sate of sadness a state which this remedy
also exhibits. This display is because the patient lacks something
that is wanted. There ia a desire for something which they dont have
and as a consequence they become sad when it is denied them.
This sadness may ultimately progress in time to dullness and
confusion in which state the subject cannot think clearly and
decisively. They become
mentally disorientated a state which in turn develops into physical
disorientation in the form of vertigo.
progresses to sadness to confusion and finally vertigo.
Aching as from a cold. Pressure in forehead, with nausea,
neuralgic stitches from right to left followed by stitches in right
hypochondrium and flying pains in epigastrium Pain from occiput to
frontal region with bruised sensation of the scalp that is worse in
the morning. Vertigo when sitting and walking.
Great discolouration of the
eyes (deep red purple) with lachrymation,. burning eyeballs and
enlarged blood vessels.
Dry; nasal passage very
sensitive to inspired cold air. (This sensitivity is a specific).
Coryza with sneezing. Pressure at root of nose.
feeling. Metallic taste. Salivation. Tongue thickly coated, feels as
dry, raw, stitching pain into ears when swallowing.
pharyngitis connected with hepatic congestion. Veins in pharynx
distended and tortuous. Throat sensitive to inspired air; feels
excoriated and constricted, burns like fire on swallowing. Hawking
of ropy mucus of sweetish taste.
Feels constricted. Heart's
action full and heavy, can feel pulsations all over. pain around
heart in hmorrhoidal subjects.
Laryngitis cough (which depends on hepatic disorder) produces
hot feeling in chest.
Feesl heavy as stone,
with gnawing, aching pain; most manifest about three hours after
meals. There is tenderness and fullness in the region of liver
especially after a meal.
"Eructations: sour, greasy, bitter."
"Heartburn and gulping up of food after eating."
distress and burning in the stomach. Inclination to
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.
Dull aching in liver and
epigastrium with throbbing in right hypogastrium. . Pain at
There is marked portal stasis.
abdomen is full of troubles. Digestion is slow, the bowels are
constipated and there is protrusion of the rectum when at
Dry, aching, raw, sore
with much pain after stool (which is large, hard and dry) especially
with prolapse. Feels full of small prickly sticks (this is caused by
the hard stool pressing against the haemorroids). Blind and bleeding
hmorrhoids of purple colour with sharp shooting pains up the back
that are worse during menopause. Anus burns sending chills up and
Frequent, scant, dark, muddy, hot urine. Pain in left kidney and ureter.
Discharge of prostatic fluid
Constant throbbing behind
symphysis pubis. Leucorrha dark yellow, sticky, corroding; worse
after menses. Lameness due to sacro-iliac articulation;
oftentimes in women with great dragging pain in the pelvis, copious
leucorrhoea and pressing pains in the hips when walking. She feels
that the uterus is engorged and that the lower part of the abdomen
feels full both before and during menstruation.
soreness, with throbbing in the hypogastrium."
cases of leucorrhoea, discharge of a dark yellow color, thick and
"Leucorrhoea, with lameness in the back across sacro iliac
pregnancy there are also many complaints, with soreness and fullness
and uneasiness of the uterus and pain across the back when
Aching and soreness
in limbs. Shooting pain down left arm from the acromion process of
the shoulder blade. .
gout in all the joints, gouty rheumatic affections, neuralgic
affections especially of the elbows forearm and hands with flying
with the rheumatic complaints come varicose veins of the thighs and
legs. It is one of the most frequently indicated remedies in the
hemorrhoidal constitution. Thus stasis continues to be one of the
striking features of the remedy.
Stiffness in neck; aching
between shoulder blades; spine feels weak; back and legs give out.
Backache affecting sacrum and hips worse on stooping. Soles feel
sore and tired. Feet are swollen (and hands), feel full and become
red after washing.
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
pain through the sacrum and into the hips, when walking is a
striking feature of Aesculus, so striking that it may be expected
even when there are no hemorrhoids.
nature of the pain is of a constant dull backache rendering walking
almost impossible. The patient is scarcely able to rise after
sitting. A typical subject suffering from the Aesculus backache
makes many painful efforts to rise before finally succeeding.
Chill at 4 pm. Chilliness
up and down back. Fever 7 to 12 pm. Evening fever, skin hot and dry.
Sweat profuse and hot with the fever.
In the morning on awaking
and from any discontinuous motion, walking and after food, lying
down and standing (applies to all symptoms).
(physical abrasion of hard stool against haemorrhoids);
warm shower and heat (applies to organs &
Continuous gentle movement & exercise
(applies to all symptoms).
& cool open air (applies to organs & joints).
warmth and heat (applies to skin & surface tissues).
Aesculus glabra - Ohio Buckeye
Proctitis [inflammation of the rectum) with very
painful, dark purple, external hmorrhoids, constipation, vertigo and
portal congestion. Speech thick, tickling in throat, impaired
vision, paresis (paralysis)]
Throat dry, more often in acute cases.
Engorgements of rectum and piles with great pain,
ten-drop doses of tincture every two hours
Aloe, Collinson. Nux. Sulphur.
Nitric Acid vs Aesculus
has rectum full of sharp sticks but Nit-ac has a splinter there,
pricking sharply during the stool.
Nit-ac patients endure agonies during stool and for hours after
stool but Aes pains come on some hours after stool.
Nit-ac has fissure and bleeding piles but Aesc has large purple
protruding piles (seldom bleed).
Tincture, to third