Horse Chestnut extract for diseases of the. circulatory system (veins)Horse chestnut is the third most common single-herb product sold in Germany, after ginkgo and St. Johns wart. The horse chestnut has been used as a traditional remedy for arthritis, rheumatism, and the management of varicose and hemorrhoids The herb is anti-inflammatory which decreases swelling, an astringent which reduces bleeding and adds tone to connective tissue. Benefits include improved circulation to all areas of the body including cellulite reduction. Horse Chestnut Side Effects: Mild stomach upset may occur with the very first dose. It usually goes away and does not recur Horse Chestnut Tincture. It is used internally for circulatory problems, including hardening of the arteries, stroke, heart attack, varicose veins, phlebitis, chilblains, hemorrhoids, and swelling following trauma.