Hawthorn

 
Crategus oxyancantha

Origin - England, Europe, North America

Part of the plant used - Berries

Edible Parts Hawthorn is a small thorny tree with white or red flowers and berries. Hawthorn is one of the most valuable cardiovascular tonics available.

Pharmacology - The berries are rich in flavonoids which have been shown to dilate (periphral or peripheral) and coronary blood vessels. This action helps alleviate hypertension and high blood pressure and reduce the severity and frequency of angina attacks. Hawthorn also is a rich source of procyanidins which have sedative and antispasmodic effects. The herb has also been shown to act as a cardiotonic, restoring both high and low blood pressure to normal. Hawthorn has been used in treating irregular heartbeats, spasms of the arteries (Raynaudís), and certain nervous disorders, such as insomnia.

Toxicity, Cautions & Contra-indications - No known toxicity. May potentiate the action of digitalis.

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