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Hawthorn, Crataegus oxyocantha
Parts used: Berries, flowers.
Constituents: Flavonoids; rutin, quercitin, Oligomeric procyanidins, Anthrocyanins, Triterpenoids, Cardiotonic peptides, Amines, Digestive enzymes.
Vitamins: C, carotene, B1, B2, E.
Minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, sodium, sulphur, copper, manganese, aluminium, beryllium, cadmium and lead.
Actions: Cardiac Tonic, Amphoteric, Vasodilator, Trophorestorative, Nutritive, Antioxidant, Anti-spasmodic, Diuretic.
Indications:
Angina, CHF, tachycardia, arrhythmias, irregular pulse, arteriosclerosis, atheroma, chilblains, calms the spirit, anxiety, grief, sadness.
Hypertension +valerian, adaptogen, 20-40 mistletoe, lemon balm.
To coronary and peripheral blood vessels.
To the hart muscle; ↑circulation, cardiac oedema, shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations, dyspnea, pulmonary congestion, pneumonia.
Stabilizes collagen by protecting against free radicals during inflammation.
Indigestion, heartburn, diarrhoea, digestive enzyme deficiency.
Lowers cholesterol and lactic acid +lime blossom, coleus, motherwort, selenium.
Herbal extract: 10-50mL per week.
Energetics: sweet, sour, slightly warming. Dosha: PK-V+.
Meridians: heart, spleen, stomach, liver.
Contraindications: Potentiates the effects of cardiac drugs like digitalis (digoxin).