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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



HAWTHORN
(Crataegus oxyacantha)
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PART USED: Berries (dried).

MEDICINAL USES:
Vasodilator. Dilates blood vessels and allows more volume to oxygenate. Increases blood supply to tissues. Can normalize blood pressure. Regulates heart action - amphoteric (will relax or stimulate heart according to its needs.)
Has been used for ailments concerning heart and its functions. Strengthens force of heart contractions while dilating vessels of coronary circulation.
Has been used for circulatory disorders, poor circulation, major circulatory distress, high blood pressure, hardened arteries, cardiac problems (to normalize heart function), angina, heart failure, and heart irregularities (influences effect on vagus nerve slowing heart rate).
Has been used to reduce fatty deposits and blood cholesterol.
Has also been used for anxiety.




©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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