sweet, sour, cool
cardiotonic, cardioprotective, hypotensive diuretic, nervine
Hawthorn is one of the trophorestoratives for the heart, meaning it helps normalize the heart to its normal function. In cases of emotional lability, grief, or heartache associated with the heart, Hawthorn should be included. Research has shown its ability to lower blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol, although significant doses would need to be taken for these effects. The flavonoids help open the blood vessels, including the delicate capillaries, to reduce congestion and help nourished blood feed the tissues. With a distinct affinity for the heart, Hawthorn improves the nutrition, circulation, energy reserves, and energy release of the heart muscle. Some people can actually feel the increase in circulation to the heart. Hawthorn should be considered when there is any abnormality of the heart, such as arrhythmia or irregular pulse. There is a lesser known use of it treating attention deficit and autism.