Hawthorn for a Healthy Heart
This wonderful gift of nature is the most valuable tonic remedy for the cardiovascular system found in the plant kingdom. There are stronger herbs, but none that provide the nourishing regeneration that hawthorn does.
Hawthorn offers a way to strengthen the heart with a medicine that is remarkably free of side effects, effective in its actions and dramatically cheaper than equivalent synthetic preparations.
Hawthorn is a relevant remedy in most cases of cardiovascular disease. A tonic in the true sense, its therapeutic benefits are gained only when a whole-plant preparation is used. When the isolated constituents were tested separately in the laboratory, their individual effects were found to be insignificant, whereas the whole plant has unique and valuable properties. Herbal synergy again!
A double-blind clinical trial done in 1981 demonstrated marked improvement of heart function in patients with reduced cardiac output following treatment with hawthorn. Following a four-year study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Health, hawthorn has gained full recognition as a heart remedy in Europe. The monograph reporting this study concludes that the herb has three properties:
- It increases the strength of contraction of the heart muscle.
- It normalizes irregular heartbeat.
- It increases coronary circulation through dilation of the coronary arteries.
- Its chemical constituents make clear the importance of flavones and flavonoids in treatment of the cardiovascular system. This invaluable heart remedy does not contain cardiac glycosides.
How to Take Hawthorn
As hawthorn is one of the better-tasting herbal remedies, a very pleasant tea can be made from 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb infused in hot water and ingested daily. Using the tincture is a convenient and effective way to gain the therapeutic benefits from this special remedy; for optimal results, take 30-40 drops three times daily, then morning and evening for as long as is needed as a maintenance dose once the desired lower blood pressure has been achieved.
Editorís Note: If you have a heart condition, please consult with a doctor before following these recommendations.
Adapted from Herbal Prescriptions after 50 by David Hoffmann (Healing Arts Press, 2007).