Hawthorn is used heart diseases and blood vessel problems such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. It is also used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol. Some people use hawthorn for digestive system complaints such as indigestion, diarrhea, and stomach pain. It is also used to reduce anxiety, as a sedative, to increase urine output, and for menstrual problems. Hawthorn is also used to treat tapeworm and other intestinal infections. Some people apply hawthorn to the skin for boils, sores, and ulcers. Hawthorn preparations are used as a wash for sores, itching, and frostbite. You will find hawthorn among the ingredients in candied fruit slices, jam, jelly, and wine. Before taking hawthorn, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications. It has major interactions with several prescription medications. Research suggests that hawthorn can lower cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad cholesterol”), and triglycerides (fats in the blood). It seems to lower accumulation of fats in the liver and the aorta (the largest artery in the body, located near the heart). It also seems to have antioxidant activity.
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
$11.00 – $17.00