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Crataegus laevigata
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Crataegus laevigata Scientific Name: Hawthorn Other Names: Crataegus monogyna, Crataegus oxyacantha, Hagedorn, Haw, Hedgethorn, Mayblossom, Maybush, Mayflower, Whitethorn Who is this for? Uses Mainly, hawthorn is taken orally to relieve chronic heart conditions – primarily congestive heart failure, but also angina and arrhythmias. Chemicals in hawthorn may act directly on the heart muscle to increase the force of heartbeats and on the blood vessels to relax the arteries around the heart. It may also lengthen the time that the heart rests between beats. Hawthorn may also work indirectly by widening blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. As a result, it may also help to lower blood pressure. Due to its multiple effects on the heart, hawthorn should not be taken before its use has been discussed with a doctor. Chemicals in hawthorn may have other effects, as well. Based on the observation that hawthorn produces a mild soothing effect, it may be used occasionally to treat anxiety and insomnia. No clinical studies have been published to prove or disprove hawthorn’s calming effect, however. In animal studies, hawthorn has also appeared to lower cholesterol levels both by reducing the production of cholesterol and by increasing the body’s breakdown of cholesterol. One small study conducted in humans seemed to show similar cholesterol-lowering results, but further research is needed to verify these findings. SOURCE:http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/DVH/HerbsWho/0,3923,4023%7CCrataegus+laevigata,00.html