long-stem roses may make a personís heart flutter, the herb hawthorn,
a member of the rose plant family, may literally have the opposite effect.
Thatís because hawthorn herbal preparations support healthy heart and
gain further appreciation of its health benefits, it is possible to
study hawthorn (as well as other herbs, nutrients and foods) through
the lens of herbal astrology. Through this periscope, we can further
understand the ways in which hawthorn may serve to protect health and
rules, or is linked to, the planet Mars, the planet that rules Aries and co-rules Scorpio. The fiery energy of Mars initiates movement, propelling
you from place to place to help you transform your thoughts into actions.
According to medical astrology, Mars is the primary ruler of the red
blood cells and the secondary ruler of the heart (the Sun is its primary
physical characteristics of hawthorn are imbued with fiery Martian qualities.
Its ripe fruit berries are blood red in color. Like many Mars-ruled
plants, the hawthorn tree features sharp, stinging thorns. According
to A Modern Herbal, the treeís timber makes ďthe hottest
wood fire known.Ē
and Its Components
is rich in an array of bioflavonoids, pigment-rich phytochemicals that
have been lauded for their health benefits by many medical researchers
and practitioners. Hawthornís bioflavonoid palette includes oligomeric
procyanidins, catechins and quercetin, compounds that are also found
in such health-promoting foods as green tea, red wine, grapes and citrus
fruits. Bioflavonoids are linked to the planet Saturn, which also governs
Capricorn, a sign in which Mars is well placed.
bioflavonoids featured in hawthorn perform many important activities
in the body. They decrease the fragility of our capillaries. They provide
anti-inflammatory protection to support the structural integrity of
collagen, a protein that is an essential component of blood vessels,
skin and cartilage. Additionally, several of the bioflavonoids found
in hawthorn are potent antioxidants, having the ability to efficiently
scavenge and neutralize harmful free radicals. Many researchers believe
that hawthornís bioflavonoids play an important role in the beneficial
effect that this herb has on the heart and the circulatory system.
and the Heart
hawthorn was traditionally used for a variety of conditions, it is its
ability to support the heart and the cardiovascular system that has
earned it an aura of reverence by many medical scientists and nutritionally-oriented
physicians. Hawthorn is noted to improve the action of the heart to
efficiently pump blood throughout the body, a physiological function
that is imbued with Martian energy. It seems to support this action
by improving the force of the heartís contractions as well as by enhancing
blood flow through the coronary arteries.
a result of its physiological actions, some nutritionally-oriented physicians
use hawthorn for patients experiencing conditions related to heart weakness,
including early stage congestive heart failure, stable angina pectoris
and other conditions where the heart muscle is compromised. In the treatment
of these conditions, hawthorn is sometimes used as a complementary therapy
to certain heart medications. Clinical research also suggests that hawthorn
may be effective in improving other cardiovascular conditions, such
as arteriosclerosis and mildly elevated blood pressure.
to Use Hawthorn
herbal preparations are typically made from the plantís fruit berries,
flowers and/or leaves. While using the berries has roots in traditional
herbal medicine, modern scientific research seems to hail the most support
for the combined use of the flowers and leaves.
with researchersí beliefs that hawthornís bioflavonoid components play
an important role in its heart-promoting effects, many nutritionally-oriented
health experts recommend that people use a hawthorn product that is
standardized to bioflavonoid content (specifically, to a content of
oligomeric procyanidins). According to the Commission E Monographs,
the recognized dosage of hawthorn is 160-900 mg hawthorn standardized
to correspond to 30-168.7 mg procyanidins. If you choose to use the
berries, many experts recommend a dosage of 3-5 grams per day. The berries
are available in capsule, tincture or tea form.
Mars is famous for its quick action and lightning speed, hawthorn is
not. People usually need to take hawthorn for six to eight weeks before
they notice any effects.
is important to consult a licensed healthcare provider if you are thinking
of using hawthorn (or other dietary supplements) to treat a health condition,
especially because heart conditions pose serious health consequences
and should not be self-diagnosed or treated. Additionally, you should
always tell your healthcare provider about all of the dietary supplements
that you are taking so that s/he can evaluate any potential drug-supplement
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