Is indicated for valve prolapse, angina, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia myocarditis. It has indicated for strengthening blood vessels, vascular insufficiency and lowering cholesterol and to aid digestion.
Extracts of hawthorn flowers, berries and leaves have been recommended by herbalists for many years for the treatment of various heart and circulatory ailments. the extracts contain several potentially active constituents including chlorgenic acid,quercin,vitexin and triterperperoids, all of which have been shown to exert anti inflammatory and hypolipidemic actions. Hawthorn is used in Europe to treat cardiac disorders. It has shown to dilate coronary vessels and compares favorably with conventional inotropic drugs such as beta-advenergic agonists and cardiac glycosides. The adverse effect and toxicity profile for this herb is favorable .Its adverse effect is normally evident only with high doses. The potential do exist for hawthorn to interact with other cardio active and vaso cative drugs. Therefore patients taking conventional drugs for cardiac or circulatory conditions should not self medicate with hawthorn .The consequence of doing so where cardiovascular drugs are concerned could be disastrous.