Some evidence suggests it may help limit the amount of cholesterol deposited on the artery walls and improve shortness of breath.
Research on animals and people has confirmed that hawthorn herb has positive effects on the cardiovascular system through the action of plant pigments called flavonoids.
The active ingredients in the flower contain tannins, flavonoids, essential oil, triterpene-carbonic acids and purine derivatives. The fruits contain tannins, flavonoids, pigments and vitamins.
Modern herbalist recommend hawthorn as a tonic that may be used safely for heart weakness or failure, palpitations, angina pectoris and high blood pressure. It is also suggested for kidney stones and a sedative for chronic insomnia.
Both the flowers and the berries are astringent. Used in a decoction has been known to cure a sore throat. Hawthorn flowers smell somewhat decayed; due to the presence of coumarin; an anti-coagulant. This same odor also seems to repel bees. The flower is only pollinated by flies.
Hawthorn are not considered a quick fix. It has a long term sustained effect, so, it is not for cutting short angina attacks -- nitroglycerine is the drug of choice here. It is safe for long term use, using the usual recommended dosage.
This herb is considered safe and effective in treating angina, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias. However, these are serious life threatening conditions requiring professional medical care.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, hawthorn supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
The FDA list hawthorn as an herb of undefined safety. This heart stimulant should be used only by those diagnosed with angina, cardiac arrhythmias or congestive heart failure, and then only in consultation with your doctor.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Anthocyanin-type pigments, calcium, choline, citric acid, catabolic acid, falconoid, glavone, glycosides, inositol, PABA, purines, saponins, sugar, tartaric acid and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid (B9), B12 and C.
Hawthorn varies in size from a shrub to a small tree. It has sharp thorns, clusters of white, aromatic flowers with red fruits. It blooms usually in May (may, mayblossom, mayflower).
Hawthorn tolerates a variety of soils, but prefers a somewhat alkaline, rich, moist soil. Some species prefer full sun while others grow well in partial shade. Consult a nursery for the species of hawthorn best suited for your area.
Other herbs with astringent actions include black cohosh, cinnamon, coltsfoot, comfrey, eyebright, horsetail, meadowsweet, mullein, psyllium, red raspberry, saw palmetto, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle and tea.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PETS:
Hawthorn berry tincture strengthens the heart and helps pets with foamy drool.
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