Veterinarian Reviewed on June 7, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Hawthorn Berry Herb (Crataegus laevigata)
The Hawthorn Berry Herb is also known as the Cretaegus Laevigta. It is a much respected herb and the most famous Hawthorn in Britain is known as the Holy Thorn of Glastonbury that grows at Glastonbury Tor. It is also known as the resting place of King Arthur. Hawthorn Berry is also used as a food source as well as a type of medicine in Europe. It is one of the highest ranked herbal medicines for the treatment of heart conditions. The Hawthorn Berry is yellowish brown or red in color, it is oval shaped and looks just like any other berry to the untrained eye.
The History of the Hawthorn Berry Herb
The Hawthorn Berry herb has been a popular heart tonic for thousands of years and is still known as the most effective herb for treating declining heart conditions. This traditionally used European herb helps to dilate coronary arteries and at the same time increases the oxygenation and metabolism of the heart. It also helps to reduce the levels of lactic acid and toxins from the heart muscles that cause pain. The Hawthorn Berry itself actually contains more hyperoside when compared to its leaves and flowers. They have properties such as antispasmodic, cardiac, sedative as well as vasodilator.
Ancient Uses of the Hawthorn Berry Herb
Hawthorn Berries have been through many clinical studies over the last few 20 years, even though the herb has actually been in use for thousands of years and has proven itself to be one of the most beneficial herbs available. The whole Hawthorn Berry is mainly used as an herb in either dried form or as a crushed powder, although there are other forms in which Hawthorn Berry is ingested. It works as a direct mild heart tonic and cures numerous heart and blood problems. It has been traditionally used for the treatment of weak heart conditions and high blood pressure. It has also been a remedy for aging related heart problems. Hawthorn Berry Herb is also very effective in cases of Insomnia and digestive troubles.
Modern Uses of the Hawthorn Berry Herb
The modern uses of Hawthorn Berry Herb include treatment of angina, irregular heartbeat, hypertension as well as restoration of sudden lowering of blood pressure. It works as an astringent as well as a tonic. It is of great benefit to a person’s overall cardiovascular system. It reduces inflammation of the heart muscles, arteriosclerosis and weak heart conditions. If used in the form of a tea then it also provides relief from irritable bowel syndrome. The Chinese way of treating colitis diarrhea also involves the use of the Hawthorn Berry. It provides relief from gas, constipation, and other conditions that lead to rectal bleeding.
Side Effects of the Hawthorn Berry Herb
The Hawthorn Berry is a very respectable plant and has many medicinal values when taken either as a food or in the form of a medicine. However, if taken in access, then Hawthorn Berry herbal teas can result in mild diarrhea. But if used in the form of a tincture or capsule then no such side effect is noticed. In cases of severe blood pressure related problems it is advisable to consult your doctor before you start to consume Hawthorn Berry herbal medicines as an herbal cure.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan