What is hawthorn berry?
Hawthorn Berry is a common thorny shrub in the rose family that grows up to 5 feet tall on hillsides and in sunny wooded areas throughout the world. Its flowers bloom in May. They grow in small white, red, or pink clusters. Small berries, called haws, sprout after the flowers. They are usually red when ripe, but they may also be black. Hawthorn leaves are shiny and grow in a variety of shapes and sizes.
What kind of substances are found in hawthorn berries?
Hawthorn Berry contains many substances that may benefit the heart. These antioxidant flavonoids, including OPCs, may help dilate blood vessels, improve blood flow, and protect blood vessels from damage. The berries, leaves, and flowers of the hawthorn plant have been used for medicinal purposes. Most modern preparations use the leaves and flowers, which are believed to contain more flavonoids than the berries.
What are the uses of hawthorn berries in medical terms?
Hawthorn Berry is used to help protect against heart disease and help control high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Both animal and human studies suggest hawthorn increases coronary artery blood flow, improves circulation, and lowers blood pressure. It has also been used on the skin to treat boils and skin sores.
Hawthorn berries are highly effective against:
- Heart Failures
- Chest Pain (also called Angina)
- High Blood Pressure
In how many forms hawthorn berries are available?
Hawthorn is available in non-standardized and standardized capsules and liquid extracts, along with tinctures and solid extracts. A bitter-tasting tea can also be made from dried hawthorn leaves, flowers, and berries.
What are the dosage prescription?
- Pediatric: Hawthorn should not be given to children.
- Adult: Speak to a knowledgeable health care provider to find the right dose for you.
Which safety precautions should be considered for hawthorn berries?
If you are taking prescription or nonprescription medicines, talk to your health care provider before taking herbal supplements. If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use hawthorn without first talking to your provider:
- Digoxin: Hawthorn may enhance the activity of digoxin, a medication used for irregular heart rhythms.
- Beta-Blockers: These drugs are used to treat heart disease by lowering blood pressure and dilating blood vessels. Hawthorn can make the effects of following drugs stronger:
- Atenolol (Tenormin)
- Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
- Propranolol (Inderal, Inderal LA)
- Calcium Channel Blockers: These drugs are used to treat high blood pressure and angina by dilating blood vessels. Hawthorn can make the effects of following drugs stronger:
- Norvasc (Amlodipine)
- Cardizem (Diltiazem)
- Procardia (Nifedipine)
- Phenylephrine: An alcoholic extract of hawthorn fruit reduced the effects of phenylephrine, a medication that constricts blood vessels and is commonly found in nasal decongestant products. Natural remedies, including cat’s claw, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), fenugreek, fish oil, ginger, and other herbs.
- Medications for Male Sexual Dysfunction (Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitors): When used together with Hawthorn, it may result in blood pressure dropping too low.
- Nitrates: These medications increase blood flow to the heart and taking Hawthorn together with them might increase the chance of dizziness or light headedness.