Hawthorn is commonly found in Europe, western Asia, North America, and North Africa. Modern medicinal extracts primarily use the leaves and flowers. Traditional preparations use the fruit.
Dioscorides, a Greek herbalist, reportedly used hawthorn in the first century A.D. Although numerous passing mentions are made for a variety of conditions, support for the heart is the main benefit of hawthorn.
What it does
Hawthorn contains flavonoids, phenolic acids, tannins and amines. The flavanoids comprise of proanthocyanidind and quercetin, which are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that possess significant collagen stabilising properties, and are useful to blood vessels.
Hawthorn is an excellent heart and cardiovascular tonic, as it improves circulation, strengthens heart muscle contraction and lowers blood pressure.
|High blood pressure||Angina||Congestive heart failure (early stages)|
|Cardiovascular health||Atherosclerosis||Poor circulation|
Research has used standardised extracts of Hawthorn to help with congestive heart failure. Herbalists also use it to treat sore throats and diarrhoea and to help control angina pain.
The flavonoid content of Hawthorne possesses many attributes that are beneficial to the circulatory system, among the most prominent being a significant vasodilating effect on arteries, particularly the coronary artery which feeds the heart muscle.
The ability to stabilise collagen and inhibit free radical damage makes this herb an exceptional tool in protecting the blood vessels from damage and speeding their repair.
If you are already taking heart medication such as digoxin, central nervous system depressant or blood pressure medication, check with your doctor before using Hawthorn.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using Hawthorn.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with Hawthorn.