American Chestnut

What other names is American Chestnut known by?

Castanea americana, Castanea dentata, Castaño Americano, Châtaignier Américain, Châtaignier d'Amérique.

What is American Chestnut?

American chestnut is a plant. The leaves and bark of the plant are used to make medicine.

People take American chestnut as a tea for cough, breathing problems, arthritis-like pain (rheumatism), and swelling. They also take it for its calming effects (as a sedative).

Some people gargle with American chestnut for sore throat.

In foods, an extract of American chestnut is used in beverages.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Cough.
  • Arthritis-like pain (rheumatism).
  • Swelling.
  • Promoting calmness.
  • Sore throat, when used as a gargle.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of American chestnut for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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