Dr Jelena Radovanovic
Crataegus spp is also known as hawthorn. As a member of the Rosaceae family, hawthorn is incredibly nourishing and like many other members of this plant family, offers exceptional health benefits. The medicinal properties of hawthorn have been utilized by many cultures for a variety of therapeutic purposes for many centuries.
There are three different parts of hawthorn that are used medicinally: the flowers, leaves and fruit. The leaves and flowers can be dried to make tea or made into a tincture and tea is very effective in most cases.
All the main parts of the hawthorn tree: the berries, leaves, seeds, and flowers, have therapeutic value. They have beneficial flavonoids, oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), saponins, phenolic acids, and other phytonutrients and they can stimulate internal healing mechanisms.
The flavonoids and OPCs are having antioxidant agents that help reduce free radicals, promote circulation, and support normal health of the arteries. It strengthens the blood vessels and protects them from the harmful effects of toxins. It improves circulation throughout the body and also helps to normalize blood pressure. Collectively, these properties make hawthorn an excellent herb for virtually any condition of the blood vessels and circulation including varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Hawthorn also has strong anti-inflammatory properties and it may be useful as part of a protocol for the relief of inflamed hemorrhoids.
By enhancing circulation and strengthening weakened hemorrhoid veins hawthorn provides proper blood flow and helps to reduce and even eliminate hemorrhoids.
Hawthorn also contains tannins, which makes it effective in the treatment of digestive problems such as constipation. Hawthorn enables regular bowel movements and thereby reduces the risk of hemorrhoids flare ups.
Since hawthorn is considered as a very safe herb, not associated with any toxicity concerns we can use it for our health benefits.
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