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Tuesday 23 August 2011

Hawthorn - It treats what?

Surprisingly, the Sisters of Providence make no mention of the hawthorn, which has yet been widely used in medicine. This is probably because its cardiotonic properties - by far the most important - have been truly recognized until the late nineteenth century. Indeed, the first references to its properties appear in medical textbooks in 1898. Popularized by Eclectic medicine in the early twentieth century, hawthorn has been the subject of intense medical use during the first two decades of this century before being gradually replaced by synthetic drugs, beta-blockers and antagonists calcium, among others.

These are the flowers and leaves, and, to a lesser degree the berries and sometimes the bark, which have been used in medicine. Cardiac tonic, hypotensive, antispasmodic, it is also a mild hypnotic and antipyretic, which makes it a good remedy in palpitations, heart pain, angina, vascular spasms, tachycardia, arrhythmias, the atherosclerosis, hypertension, and flushing, palpitations, irritability and insomnia of menopause.

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