Traditional Research | Healthy Heart Compound

Hawthorn berry, leaf and flower (Crataegus monogyna)*

Indications include functional and organic heart weakness with pain, weak tonus of the heart muscle, angina, valvular insufficiency, mitral valve prolapse, heart murmur, venous stasis, poor capillary and venous integrity and varicose veins.  Hawthorn mildly lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure and prevents deposition of plaque on arterial walls. This herb may potentiate other heart medications, i.e. beta blockers.

Night Blooming Cereus fresh stem (Selenicereus grandiflorus)*

Indicated for heart diseases of nervous or drug origin (coffee, tobacco, etc.), nervous tachycardia, palpitations, feeble and irregular pulse and shortness of breath with mild exertion. It combines well with Hawthorn to strengthen the heart and reduce anxiety and depression.

Ginkgo leaf (Ginkgo biloba)*

Indicated in cases of chronic cerebral vascular insufficiency such as vasculsar insufficiency headaches, diabetic retinopathy, tinnitis, poor memory and senility. It has bronchiodilator, anti-inflammatory and platelet aggregating factor antagonist properties that make it useful in treating asthma. Ginkgo is also used for peripheral arterial insufficiency such as peripheral neuropathies, varicose veins and impotence caused by impaired circulation (diabetes or atherosclerosis).

Prickly Ash bark (Zanthoxylum americanum)*

A pungent carminative and circulatory stimulant. It increases the activity of digestion in cases of achlorhydria with a white coated tongue, gas and malabsorption. Prickly ash also increases peripheral circulation and is indicated for people with cold extremities, Raynaud's disease, as well as nerve pain such as sciatica, peripheral neuropathies, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Tienchi Ginseng root (Panax notoginseng)

One of the great cardiac tonics in Traditional Chinese Meedicine. It increases cardiac blood flow and decreases myocardial oxygen consumption. It is frequently used for Ischemic Heart Disease such as angina and for mild congestive heart failure.


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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.