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Hawthorn for a Healthy Heart

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:

  1. It increases the strength of contraction of the heart muscle.
  2. It normalizes irregular heartbeat.
  3. It increases coronary circulation through dilation of the coronary arteries.
  4. 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.

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Adapted from Herbal Prescriptions after 50 by David Hoffmann (Healing Arts Press, 2007).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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5:45AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:43PM PST on Dec 22, 2010

Thanks for the info.

6:31PM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

I am always interested in learning more and I didnt know that the Hawthorn berry was also an aphrodisiac so I went off and did some research in trusty old Google and low and behold it agreed.

Remember this folks that most herbs dont 'fix' or 'help' one specific thing but a myriad of other ailments so why not the Hawthorn berry too?

Take a look at this link and you can drink the tea.

But Hawthorn IS great for the heart as well as other muscles within our body so if you extend your mind without me writing it, then it would help you in the aphrodisiac way...see? That is controlled by muscles isnt it? So.... there you go.

Inga I hope your husbands' doctor is agreeable with him taking Hawthorn and that its compatible with it too
Best wishes to your husband and I hope he is feeling better.

5:08AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

Mhm... on another page you say hawthorn is an aphrodisiac...

5:08AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010

Mhm... on anothe page you say hawthorn is an aphrodisiac...

5:06AM PDT on Jun 15, 2009


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6:02AM PDT on Jun 11, 2008

My husband is recovering from surgery to remove his adrenal gland; the gland had a growth on it, the hormone that it secreted made his blood pressure go through the roof. Having been like this for more than a decade his heart has taken a beating, functioning roughly at only about fifty percent. I am going to show him this article and have him print it off and bring it to his next doctor's appt to talk with her about incorporating this into his medical treatment, to strengthen his heart. Thanks for the great information!

2:25AM PDT on May 30, 2008

I have a Hawthorn tree in my front garden, little did I realize that there was more to this tree other than it being a Faerie Tree where Fae hover around and the Irish also believe they live there.

So, I dislike taking traditional medicines b/c of the toxins etc. I have been studying Health for decades and my Dr is aware of what I am doing.

I eased myself off the trad. drugs and whilst taking Co.Q10 with good results and have read many articles in books and on the net regarding Hawthorn which is to do with a healthy heart. Speaking with a Naturapath, she agreed that I should take Hawthorn tablets. ONE....yes ONE tablet and Babooom I felt so much better a sense of well being. I wasnt ill before taking it but I am very sensitive and in tune with my body. The difference is certainly remarkable with only one tablet. I, of course take one a day in the morning and have been on them now for nearly 3 weeks.

Let me say to any one reading this, is to seek medical advice and not to run out and self administer yourself or if you are also taking other traditional medications. But this is certainly a miracle in a tablet as is Co-Q10 and again please seek medical advice before going on this track.

Great article Annie. Thanks


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