Horse Chestnut is one of the active ingredients in the It Works Ultimate Body Applicator.
Horse chestnut is a plant. Its seed, bark, flower, and leaves are used to make medicines. It contains a compound called Aescin that produces an anti-inflammatory effect and thins the blood. Horse chestnut seeds can be processed so that the active chemicals are separated out and concentrated. The resulting “extract” can reduce some symptoms of poor blood circulation, such as varicose veins, pain, tiredness, swelling in the legs, itching, and water retention. There are many benefits of using horse chestnut products.
The Horse Chestnut Leaf is also used for eczema, menstrual pain, soft tissue swelling from bone fracture and sprains, cough, arthritis, and joint pain. Some people apply horse chestnut branch bark to the skin for lupus and skin ulcers.
You should not use horse chestnut without first talking to your doctor. If you have a history of blood clots, or other stomach or intestine related illnesses, diabetes, heart disease, low blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, or poor blood circulation.
Do not take aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, others), naproxen (Aleve, others), or ketoprofen (Orudis KT, others) while using horse chestnut. These drugs may increase the risk of bleeding while using horse chestnut.