Information on Hawthorn

Latin NameCrataegus laevigataphoto
Other NamesWhitethorn
Part UsedFlowers, Leaf
Herb FormsTincture, standardized extract in capsule or tablet, powder in capsules, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Nervous system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsMay potentiate the effects of digitalis.
Botanical InfoA small to medium-sized tree in the Rose family with umbrella-shaped clusters of white or pink flowers, dark, glossy-green toothed leaves, and bright, shiny red berries.
DescriptionHawthorn has a long history of safe use as the herb of choice for strengthening, tonifying, and protecting the cardiovascular system, particularly the heart when used long-term. It is used for palpitations, angina, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. Hawthorn has also been used for its mild sedative properties. In Chinese medicine, the fruits are considered beneficial to the digestion, specifically for food stagnation with gas, belching, and a feeling of fullness.

Hawthorn has a taste of SOUR, SWEET and a temperature of WARMING.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Powder1-2 capsules 2-3 x daily
Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-3 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Hawthorn

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Angina, mildcardiac tonic, protectant, strengthenertincture, capsule, tablet
Arrhythmiaheart tonictincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Blood pressure, highblood vessel relaxanttincture, tablets, capsules, tea
Blood pressure, lowheart tonictincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Bruises, bruises easilyblood vessel strengthenertincture, tablet, tea, capsule
Endocarditisheart tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Heart palpitationscardiotonictincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Heart, weakcardiac tonictincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Hypertensioncardiac tonictincture, tablet, capsule
Vertigosedativetincture, tablet, capsule, tea

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