Last update: July 16, 2017

Spanish Chestnut

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

The seeds, bark and leaves are used. It contains Aescin and esculin (see specific info), with a vasoprotector effect and devoid of toxicity at normal doses.

At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk was found.

Side effects are rare and mild.
The Commission E of German Ministry of Health does not contraindicate the use of seed extract during infancy.

Given its lack of toxicity at normal doses, a moderate consumption during lactation would pose a very low risk.

For topical preparations, do not apply it on the chest or thoroughly clean it up before breastfeeding.

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We do not have alternatives for Spanish Chestnut since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Spanish Chestnut is also known as Horse Chestnut. Here it is a list of alternative known names::

Spanish Chestnut in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Spanish Chestnut in its composition:

  • Muscoril Trauma™. Contains other elements than Spanish Chestnut in its composition


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. Baja - Poor %


  1. Zając M, Wiśniewski M, Sein Anand J. [Intoxication by powdered seeds of horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) used nasally as snuff - a case report]. Przegl Lek. 2014 Abstract
  2. Pittler MH, Ernst E. Horse chestnut seed extract for chronic venous insufficiency. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Abstract
  3. Methlie CB, Schjøtt J. [Horse chestnut--remedy for chronic venous insufficiency]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2009 Abstract
  4. EMA. Hippocastani semen. Community Herbal Monograph. 2009 Full text (in our servers)
  5. Pittler MH, Ernst E. Horse chestnut seed extract for chronic venous insufficiency. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004 Abstract
  6. Siebert U, Brach M, Sroczynski G, Berla K. Efficacy, routine effectiveness, and safety of horsechestnut seed extract in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and large observational studies. Int Angiol. 2002 Abstract
  7. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume 2. WHO monographs. 1999 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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