Herbal Supplements

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Heart made of hawthorn berries

Hawthorn herbal medicines are made from the berries, leaves, and white flowers of this shrub. Hawthorn dilates coronary blood vessels, and may help deteriorating heart function, arteriosclerosis, mild types of arrhythmia, and anemia. It may also help lower cholesterol and build immunity.

Sources of Hawthorn
Hawthorn is available in the following forms: liquid and solid extracts, tinctures, and capsules. Tea can be made from dried hawthorn berries, leaves, or flowers. For maximum benefit, purchase standardized products.

Guidelines and Cautions
Always follow package directions.

  • Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use hawthorn.
  • Do not use hawthorn if taking medication for heart disease.

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of SpineUniverse.com, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.

Updated on: 03/21/16
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Vincent Traynelis, MD
Although many patients describe improvement in their condition after taking one of the supplements previously described, the Editorial Board is unable to endorse these supplements, as there is insufficient peer reviewed research available. Hopefully the role of these compounds will be better understood once more scientific research is compiled.
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