It is believed to regulate and support these systems and be beneficial to use in the following conditions:
* Angina – Believed to give relief from cramp-like symptoms.
* Mild congestive heart failure – Believed to increase cardiac output and increase the flow of blood through the coronary arteries.
* Arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) – Thought to counteract rhythm disturbances.
* High blood pressure – Believed to cause vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels and lower blood pressure.
* Nervous Heart Disorders (palpitations) – Believed to have a sedative effect on the nervous system which may render it useful in heart conditions where the nerves are involved.
* Heart Weakness – as caused by infectious diseases e.g. pneumonia, scarlet fever and diphtheria. Is believed to restore and support heart function.
It is also believed to encourage concentration and memory function as it improves circulation of blood and oxygen to the brain!
Cautions and Side Effects
Hawthorn is considered to be a non-toxic herb. It does not accumulate in the body as Digitalis does. There are no apparent side effects and is not believed to lead to dependence. Due to this Hawthorn is believed to be safe to use over long periods.
Hawthorn is believed to possess hypotensive action and as a result should be used with caution in low blood pressure. Studies have shown the herb to decrease blood pressure even further and in some instances cause fainting. Check with your doctor before taking hawthorn if you are taking any medication for blood pressure.