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                                                  Brand name:                          Chestnut                                                   Latin name: Castanea sativa                          Other names: Spanish Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut                                                   A Remedy For                          Chestnut leaf is used as a remedy for poor circulation and upper                         respiratory disorders such as cough, sore throat, and bronchitis. In                         homeopathic medicine, it's prescribed for diarrhea, low back pain, and                       whooping cough. There is no evidence, however, that supports its                         effectiveness for any of these problems.                                                   What It Is; Why It Works                          Chestnut trees grow in northern, temperate regions near the coast. Once                         fed to the pigs in England, Chestnuts provide the French with the delicacy                       known as "marrons glace's." Although the Chestnut leaf is used as a                         remedy, there is no information on its medicinal actions, if any.                                                   Avoid If...                          No known medical conditions preclude the use of Chestnut.                                                   Special Cautions                          At customary dosage levels, Chestnut poses no threat.                                                   Possible Drug Interactions                          There are no known drug interactions with Chestnut.                                                 Special Information If You are Pregnant or Breastfeeding                                                   No information is available.                                                   How to Prepare                          Chestnut is available in crushed-leaf and liquid-extract form.                                                 To make a tea, pour boiling water over 5 grams (about 1 teaspoonful)                                                   crushed leaf and strain.                                                   Typical Dosage                          Doses of both the leaf and the liquid extract are typically 5 grams (1                         teaspoonful).                                                 Strengths of commercial preparations may vary. Follow the manufacturer's                                                   labeling whenever available.