Hawthorne and the Heart
Last Update: July 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm
SOURCE: News for the Soul
DATE: July 18, 2018
Hawthorne and the Heart
by Dr Holly, heard Wednesdays at noon pacific time on News for the Soul Radio
Do you or anyone else you know have heart issues? High blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, cholesterol issues, mitral valve, irregular heart beats, weakened heart muscle, angina, functional heart disease, congestive heart failure, chest pain, circulatory insufficiency, lowers accumulation of fats in both the liver and the aorta (blood flows from the heart into the aorta artery) etc.
In Western Herbal medicine, hawthorn aka Crataegus the best know herb for the heart. It grows as a small dense tree with sharp thorns and small white rose like flowers along with the wonderfully medicinal red berries, each containing two seeds. The flowers and leaves are also used for their concentration of flavonoids. Hawthorn is native to North America, Asia and Europe.
A German homeopathic doctor, Assmann, said in the late 1800s:
Crataegus is no panacea, but for the handling of chronic illness, it is much more suitable than digitalis [foxglove] and strophanthus, because it has no unpleasant side-effects and no cumulative effects. Its success can be achieved if the tincture of the fresh ripe fruit in a suitable dose is prescribed.
In today’s world, hawthorn is an official drug in Brazil, China, France, Germany Hungry, Russia and Switzerland.
So, what does the heart herb do? Hawthorn has a number of nutrients that help the body in a variety of way, one of them being the proanthrocyanidins, a category of procyanidins, which are a particular category of flavonoids, and again a category of polyphenols. Chemically they could be considered a category of oxidized tannins. Note, these compounds are also found in dark chocolate!!!
Okay enough of the chemistry what do they do? Well if we just look at the proanthrocyanidins and cyanidins, they are:
If we look at the whole berry, as opposed to the leaf or root, it contains:
- B1, B2, B3 – all needed to make ATP (energy) in the cells
- B9 (folic acid)
- Choline – body will use choline when it is short on B9
- Vitamin C
- Anthocyanidins – anti-oxidants (dark blue pigment)
- Flavone glycoside
- Vitexin (also in plants like chasteberry)
- Flavonoid glycocides
- Rutin (also found in apples)
- Tannins (also found in wine, tea, bark)
PABA (used to synthesize folic acid/B9)
Purines (nuclei acids used to make DNA & RNA)
Citric acid (note it is not Vitamin C and not even a vitamin but does enhance anti-oxidant benefits)
Together, these compounds increase the quantity and quality of circulation bringing increased blood flow to the heart muscle. Consequently, it counteracts one of the most common causes of death in first world nations, heart attack due to lack of blood flow to the heart muscle.
Hawthorn also improves the contractility of the heart muscle thus provoking stronger pumping action and increasing cardiac performance and output. The herb lowers the peripheral vascular resistance meaning that it reduces the workload of the heart. It helps to regulate the heartbeat thus acting as an antiarrhythmic.
- Works as an antioxidant on free radicals
- Helps dilate the arteries that supply the heart muscle with nutrient dense blood
- Helps to regulate heart beats
- Acts as a mild sedative
Hawthorn works slowly like a herbal tonic and should be taken for at least 3 months but can be taken for several years.
Working with the central nervous system, it helps to calm the body thus really helpful when stress is causing cardiovascular problems. It is also helpful when people are drinking too much coffee or taking other stimulants.
Hawthorn is especially helpful to those suffering not only with heart issues but diabetes. Especially when the latter usually causing the former. Hawthorn has shown to decrease blood glucose levels and increase plasma insulin release from the pancreas in rats. But has been used for the same for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Previously, we talked about how effective garlic is for the cardiovascular system, so if we take one smashed clove of garlic daily and supplement it with a dosage of hawthorn, we are doing a huge preventative step in cardiovascular health. It is very safe to take and can be taken in conjunction with other herbs and medications as it does not interfere with anything else according to the official European community monograph on hawthorn.
Wednesdays at NOON PST / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly – BASED IN CANADA – AN NFTS GLOBAL LUMINARY SINCE MARCH 2014 – Dr. Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner. As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body. She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you. In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.