(or Crataegus oxyacantha)
Herbalists prescribe this
herb as a mild heart tonic. It is reported to dilate the blood vessels, allowing the flow
of blood through the arteries and lowering blood pressure.
Hawthorn is also believed
to improve the strength of the heart muscle contraction and to eliminate arrhythmia. Some
practitioners think hawthorn may have a calming effect on the nervous system, and it often
used as a remedy for insomnia.
How It May Benefit
Take internally in
conjunction with conventional medical treatment for:
Take internally for
insomnia and nervous conditions.
Use as a gargle for
Taking large amounts
of hawthorn may result in a dramatic drop in blood pressure, which in turn may cause you
to feel faint.
Use hawthorn as a heart
tonic only if you have been diagnosed with angina, cardiac arrhythmia, or heart failure.
Do not practice self-diagnosis. Always take this under the supervision of your Doctor.
Take care using this herb
if you are pregnant.
Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced
herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
Hawthorn is available as
liquid form, dried berries and leaves, capsules.