In my previous post, Amazing Medicinal Herbs, I listed some herbs that I know can achieve amazing results when correctly prescribed. The first one in that list is hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata and Crataegus monogyna), which is a most remarkable herb and the subject of this post. During my years of practice I have prescribed hawthorn many times and can vouch for its effectiveness. It's all very well and good to read about a herb, but the information is far more valuable when you know that it can actually do what is stated in most texts.
All problems associated with the heart can be treated with hawthorn and these include arrhythmias, atherosclerosis, atheroma, intermittent claudication, tachycardia, irregular pulse, ectopic beat, valvular insufficiency, congestive heart failure; oedema and dyspnoea of cardiac origin, cardiac hypertrophy, Buerger's disease, angina, hypotension, hypertension, and chilblains. Hawthorn is not only an amazing medicinal herb because it treats these conditions, but also because its actions enable it to normalise heart function, which means it can be used for opposite conditions such as high blood pressure and low blood pressure.
The herb is gentle and cumulative so it works best when low doses are taken over a long period with a minimum time of around two months. A large amount of research and investigation has been done for hawthorn as well as a number of its isolated constituents. Apart from treating the above conditions, the herb is also protective against high serum cholesterol levels caused by diet.
While hawthorn is a very safe herb at normal doses it must not be taken without consulting your preferred health professional.
Proprietor, author, and tutor of The Home Herbalist Online Course.