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Information on Hawthorn including the benefits and uses of using Hawthorn. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Hawthorn as part of a holistic approach to health.
Botanical name

Crataegus monogyna, Crataegus oxycanthoides, Crataegus laevigata

Various preparations of the flowers, leaves and fruit are used in medicine. Each component has a slightly different quality that may be best suited to different conditions. Do not self prescribe if you have heart disease - please seek the advice of your qualified healthcare practitioner.


Hawthorn improves heart function in patients with heart disease. It has long been seen by herbalists as 'food for the heart' since it improves coronary blood supply, protects the heart from damage due to lack of oxygen, increases the efficiency of the contraction of the heart, reduces blood pressure and rapid heart beat.

Conditions commonly used for
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Congestive heart failure, angina, irregular heart beat
  • high blood pressure
  • Post heart attack rehabilitation, cardiac weakness following infectious disease,
  • Peripheral vascular disease, including varicose veins and thrombosis
Common dosage range

Anywhere between 160 and 900 mg of a standardized extract (depending on the extract) daily for at least six weeks.

Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

Hawthorn is generally regarded as safe in the majority of people. Infrequent side effects may include nausea, headache, migraine, palpitations, and soft stools.

If you have heart disease, not to self-medicate. Hawthorn may interact with your prescription medications. Please consult with your qualified healthcare practitioner.

Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner or click on the following links for more information.

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this herb, any conditions or therapies mentioned.

A Medical Practitioner specialising in Integrative Medicine, a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath will be well trained in the use of nutrients, including their proper dosage, contraindications and potential drug interactions. Although many herbal remedies are available over the counter, self-prescribing is not recommended except for minor ailments, and best results will be obtained by seeking the advice of a qualified herbal medicine practitioner. Any plant substance, even those that are used as foods, can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

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