Horse Chestnut is a top remedy for varicose veins and thus, also hemorrhoids. It can help to reduce swelling and other uncomfortable symptoms and, of course, reduce the protuberance of the veins. Continued use can actually strengthen and restore the veins. Horse chestnut is a tree with spiny fruit; inside are several nuts–the horse chestnut. These are refined to extract some key ingredients in the plant. This is one case where you don’t want to “make your own” as the crude seed contains a toxic substance that is removed during extraction. There are several well known plants useful for varicose veins and one, LegVeins combines this and other well known herbs.