Hawthorn leaves and flowers promote blood flow to the heart and coronary vessels and increase the power of the heart without damaging side effects. The ingredients of hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) also protect the heart from the effects of stress. Today hawthorn tea is considered the best remedy for declining performance of the heart, especially in the elderly. According to ancient folklore, hawthorn, like other spine-bearing plants, was a magical plant that could ward off evil spells.
Ingredients of hawthorn
Flowers, leaves and fruits contain so-called flavonoids and procyanidins, which are good for the heart and circulation. But only the interaction of all ingredients, which reinforce each other, makes the positive effect of the hawthorn out. In recent years, it has also been found that it acts as a radical scavenger and thereby protects the cells.
High performance engine heart
The heart is the motor of the circulatory system. It has a capacity of 260 - 360 cm 3 and beats in the adult with a frequency of 60 - 80 excitations per minute (pulse rate), in the newborn it is about 140 beats / minute. The blood non-stop carries 5 - 6 liters of blood per minute through the veins, ie 360 liters per hour or 8, 640 liters per day.
The total amount of blood in adults is about 6 liters, which is about 8 percent of body weight. The heart muscle is supplied with oxygen via the system of the coronary arteries, the coronary arteries.
Healthy hearts beat vigorously and pump sufficient blood to supply the body in sufficient quantity in the bloodstream. However, when the cardiac output wears off, the pumping function weakens and the heart no longer provides the necessary strength to provide sufficient oxygen to all the major organs.
The result is that the heart tries to compensate for this weakness by B. increases the pulse or contracts increasingly. This in turn causes the backflow of certain amounts of blood in the lungs or the body and thus a reduced blood flow.
Cardiac insufficiency is thus the inability of the heart under load or at rest to ensure the blood discharge required for the oxygen exchange or to take up the venous return.
Therapy with hawthorn
The classic application is hawthorn in the therapy of the so-called "old-age heart" as well as in mild heart failure. This is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Freedom from complaints at rest
- Everyday physical stress causes exhaustion and fatigue
- Shortness of breath or palpitations during normal physical activity.
Chronic stress, insomnia and fatigue can also have a negative effect on the heart, because the constant agitation of the nervous system and the heart muscle is more stressed.
Hawthorn is a preventative and treatment agent. He works slowly but permanently. Side effects or interactions are not known, so that you can take Crataegus without hesitation for a long time. For some years, it has even been scientifically proven that a standardized special extract of the medicinal plant gives the heart again new momentum.
Effect of hawthorn
Hawthorn is the only heartwarming plant that can be used as a tea and has the following positive properties for the heart:
- Increase the strength of the heart muscle
- Improvement of blood circulation
- Regulation of the heart rhythm and thus protection for the heart.
Through better circulation of the coronary arteries and the heart muscle, the heart is better supplied with oxygen and strengthened as a whole. The ingredients of the hawthorn, however, also have an immediate effect on the heart muscle cells. The better nutrition of the heart muscle increases its power reserve, the heart is protected and can beat again in its normal rhythm.
Those who take hawthorn preparations should note the following: If the symptoms of the disease persist for more than six weeks or if water accumulates in the legs, consultation with the doctor is recommended. In case of pain in the area of the heart, which can radiate into the arms, the upper abdomen or the neck area, or in case of respiratory distress, an immediate medical examination is absolutely necessary.
Note for cardiac patients
Every heart failure must be treated, even if it causes no or no discomfort. To clarify the exact diagnosis must therefore always be consulted first the doctor.