Hawthorn is found in the Northern Hemisphere such as Europe, Asia and North America. It's a shrub whose leaves, flower, and fruit are often used to treat heart problems.
While some herbs are used for cooking and flavoring foods, others are used to give scents to perfumes. Still others are used as medicines for different ailments. Some herbs have been found to serve multiple purposes in treating different ailments but this herb just fights one set of conditions it seems.
It's used to treat angina. Three million or more Americans suffer with angina attacks.
This happens to be pain, and it starts with constriction in the center of the chest, then radiates to the throat, back, neck, jaw, and down the left arm.
You can break out in a sweat, struggle to breath, and also feel sick and dizzy. Most angina attacks occur when the heart is damaged by:
Attacks can be brought on by different means, and haw-thorn can be used to treat them.
The heart is a muscle and needs oxygen to stay alive. When blood flows through arteries that have been clogged with plaque, clots have a tendency to form. A heart attack can also occur if the heartbeat becomes irregular.
The reason this plant helps treat the heart and arteries is the compounds found in it. This herb has:
These ingredients help:
Though you can find this herb in fluid extract, dried leaves, berries, and tincture, the Hawthorn capsules are probably the easiest to take.
Make sure you read the dosage before you take.
To make a drink of the dried leaves or berries, add three to five grams of herb to eight ounces of boiling water and let stand for about ten minutes. Drink up to three cups a day. Two things to remember is, #1 consult with your Dr. before starting this herb. #2 Be prepared to wait several months for the herb to take effect.
(Don't be surprised if your physician doesn't believe in using herbs.) Some suggest them while others scoff at the use of herbs for any ailment, although they've been used for thousands of years before modern drugs came about.
Hawthorn has been found safe for long term use, during pregnancy, and women nursing their babies. Also no interactions are known.
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