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you about Hypertension. Treating High Blood Pressure With Hawthorn.
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But back to our topic. Hawthorn has, for hundreds of years, been
used throughout Northern Europe and parts of Asia as an effective natural hypertension
treatment. Yet, in as little as two generations this effective natural remedy was almost forgotten
having been replaced by pharmaceutical products. Following several scientific studies, the
benefits of hawthorn are being recognized anew. Of the many species of the shrub, crataegus
orycantholdes is most commonly used to help lower high blood pressure. Hawthorn is a hedgerow
shrub related to the rose and is common across Northern Europe and parts of Asia. Why Treating Hypertension with Hawthorn was
Almost Forgotten? There are a number of possible reasons for
this including: Traditionally, the leaves, berries and flowers
were collected from wild hawthorn shrubs to make the extract used to treat hypertension.
These are only available seasonally. The extract was made by the local herbalist
and there were inconsistencies in the quality of the end product.
Medical training in the twentieth Century leaned heavily toward allopathic medicine,
which is now the prevailing norm in Western medicine. It is strongly influenced by modern
pharmaceutical products, which have consistent quality. Nineteenth Century medical practitioners
were more familiar with natural and herbal treatments, which their modern counterparts
often viewed as unscientific and ineffective. In recent years, there has been renewed interest
in using herbs and other botanics to compliment Western medicine’s arsenal of treatments.
Hawthorn extract is one such natural remedy that is coming back into popularity. Some
hawthorn plantations have been established and are cultivated under strictly controlled
conditions. Making the extract from the berries, flowers and leaves is also done under strictly
controlled conditions to ensure a consistent and high quality product. How does Hawthorn Lower Blood Pressure? Hawthorn reduces hypertension by: Dilating blood vessels by blocking an enzyme
called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). This action improves circulation and lowers
blood pressure; Hawthorn is also a mild diuretic, which lowers
blood volume, and this is another way hawthorn functions as a hypertension treatment.
Because of this, you should only use this supplement under medical supervision if you
are already taking any form of hypertension medication.
If your blood pressure is in the range of 140/90 to 160/100mm Hg, and you are otherwise
healthy and free of risk factors, your doctor might suggest that, in addition to improving
your diet and taking more exercise, you take a natural treatment such as hawthorn extract
before considering prescribing one or more of the standard high blood pressure treatments. Hawthorn extract is now widely available and
is sometimes combined with other beneficial herbs and botanics such as ginko biloba, passion
flower and cramp bark for broader heart and circulation support. Other Medicinal Uses of Hawthorn. Hawthorn is not only used in the treatment
and prevention of hypertension; it has also been found to be useful in treating congestive
heart failure, lowering rapid pulse, improving arrhythmias, lowering cholesterol levels,
and in the treatment for hardening of the arteries. Hawthorn works by inhibiting the angiotensin-converting
enzyme and also by reducing blood volume. These characteristics and combined with the
lack of side effects make hawthorn an excellent natural treatment for reducing hypertension. That’s it! Thank you.
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