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Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha) (cont'd)

Today, hawthorn remains one of the more popularly used botanical medicines for heart conditions throughout Europe

Herbalists found that hawthorn restores blood pressure to normal; it lowers high blood pressure and raises low blood pressure.

The results of research suggest the primary activity of hawthorn is to increase coronary blood flow. This may be due to a relaxation of coronary arteries, which directly increases blood flow, allowing more time for blood passage through the heart's arteries. Hawthorn also slightly increases the strength of the contraction. Furthermore, it also affects intracellular calcium levels in the heart muscle, resulting in improved cardiac function and a lowering of spastic cardiac conditions.
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