Parts used: Berries, flowers & leaves
Alterative, antispasmodic, astringent, cardio-alterative, diuretic, sedative, vasodilator
Choline, inositol, vitamins A, B-complex and C with bioflavonoids
Hawthorn contains many different constituents that work together to benefit the heart and body. It can feed and strengthen the heart and arteries. It seems to work on the heart muscle to make it work more effectively and may even help a damaged heart. It contains some mild sedative properties, which can help when heart disorders are due to stress and with insomnia. It has been used to treat and prevent arteriosclerosis, rapid heartbeat, feeble heartbeat, enlarged heart, angina, and breathing difficulties due to lack of oxygen in the lungs.
Hawthorn is noted for its ability to regulate arterial blood pressure. It increases the strength of the heart muscle and works to increase coronary blood flow. It aids in reducing the heart rate and lessens the heart’s workload.
Studies indicate the extract dilates the blood vessels, resulting in reduced peripheral resistance. It may also have further cardioprotective effects that become pronounced after prolonged use. For maximum effect, hawthorn must be used for one to two months. Cardiac improvement accelerates with long-term use and relatively high doses.
One of the most positive facts about hawthorn is its safety. Hawthorn is thought to be safe for long-term use, without side effects. Some experiments have found that hawthorn dilates the blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart. Hawthorn also contains a mild sedative effect. This may contribute to a healthy heart. Stress, anxiety, and nervousness are often associated with heart conditions.
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