Hawthorn/ Crateagus Oxycanthus
Hawthorn is a shrub in the rose family that grows commonly all around the world in sunny climates. Hawthorn’s roots, and leaves, and berries have been used for hundreds of years in the treatment of many heart and cardiovascular disorders. As far back as the 1st century people have used Hawthorn berries to treat heart failure, high blood pressure, and chest pain(angina). Although Hawthorn berries are a powerful medicine that has been effectively used to treat heart conditions, one should not use them in conjunction with other medications that effect the circulatory system and heart. Modern studies have found Hawthorn berries effective in the treatment of heart disorders and also helpful in the strengthening of the cardiovascular system, and heart. Possibly one of the best uses of Hawthorn has been treating heart disease in the early stages. In fact it has been said to have effectively prevented heart disease when used at the first signs! Studies have shown that they can help clear blockage caused by LDL(bad cholesterhol); and its powerful antioxidants can help keep the blood clean of free radicals and toxins that build up in the blood. One of the best ways to keep a healthy body is to take care of it before you have health trouble. We are grateful to provide this powerful herbal medicine for the care and protection of your most sacred temple, your body!
Health Benefits and Uses:
Heart Tonic: Hawthorn Berries can be brewed into a tea or decoction that is great for improving the health of the heart and cardiovascular system!
Diuretic: Hawthorn Berries also have some diuretic qualities that stimulate the kidneys and gallbladder.
Traditional Preparations and Dosage:
Tea: A few berries can be steeped in hot water to make a tasty healthy tea that is good for your heart!
Decoction: A decoction can be made by boiling several berries in a pot of water for 10 to 20 minutes
Dosage of Hawthorn Berries depends upon the individual’s body weight and metabolism. Because of this dosage can be tricky. Always start with a small amount ant test the effect before using larger doses. Over use of this powerful medicinal can be dangerous.
Precautions and Side Effects:
Do not use Hawthorn Berries if pregnant or breast feeding.
Hawthorn Berries should not be used if taking male enhancement medications.
If taking prescription or non-prescription medications talk to a healthcare specialist before using Hawthorn Berries.
Do not use Hawthorn Berries if taking medications for heart disorders.
Digoxin: Hawthorn may enhance the activity of Digoxin, and should not be used if taking digoxin.
Beta-Blockers: These drugs are used to treat heart disease by lowering blood pressure and dilating the vessels. Hawthorn can make the effects of these drugs stronger.Do not use Hawthorn Berries if taking:
Propranolol(Inderal, Inderal LA)
Calcium Channel Blockers: These drugs are used to treat high blood pressure and angina by dilating blood vessels. Hawthorn can make the effects stronger. Drugs such as:
Phenylephrine: In a laboratory study, an alcoholic extract of Hawthorn berries reduced the effects of phenylephrine(a medication that constricts blood vessels and is commonly found in nasal decongestant products).
Nitrates: These medications increase blood flow to the heart and taken with Hawthorn may cause dizziness.
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. ***