Hawthorn - a plant of the family Rosaceae.
Widespread on open spaces of our country. Application hawthorn is primarily in cardiology for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Hawthorn (in Russia they found about 40 species) - a medium-sized shrub that can even be called a small tree. The distinguishing feature of this plant - red or orange hawthorn, followed by and wants to lend a hand, but it is hampered by sharp spikes, thickly strewn with which it stems. Small wonder that in Germany it was called "white-thorn '(white - due to the color of flowers plants).
The leaves of hawthorn green, and darker on top and bottom - is lighter, with a bluish tinge. The flowering period of "white spines" - from May to June. Most preferred for the growth of space - sunny hillsides, pine and deciduous forests, the places along the fences. It is used as a component of hedges.
The composition of the hawthorn
As medicinal plants used by the flowers, leaves and fruits of hawthorn, having in its composition whole scattering of nutrients: a number of flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants (quercetin, vitexin, hyperoside), triterpene saponins, ursolic acid and oleanovaya, acetylcholine, caffeic acid.
In addition, the hawthorn fruit contains: ascorbic, citric and tartaric acid, carotene, sugar, pectin, coumarin from flavonoids - anthocyanins, giperin, vitexin. Ripening fruit lose part of ascorbic acid in favor of flavonoids.
Useful properties of hawthorn and medical applications
Hawthorn has long and enviable success is used as a means of heart. The use of hawthorn and properties of this plant are determined by its chemical composition. The spectrum of cardiac diseases in which it is used a medicinal plant, is quite wide. It is used for functional disorders of cardiac activity, angioneurosis in the initial phase of hypertension, tachycardia, arrhythmia.
Hawthorn is also used in diseases of the central nervous system, decreasing its excitability (this property hawthorn is used successfully with insomnia). It should be noted that one should not wait for some miraculous effect on the single dose of hawthorn: it should be used for a long time, if not permanently. Only in this case, success is guaranteed.
Especially responds well to welcome hawthorn heart of an old man, it literally comes alive and growing stronger. It is no secret that with age, heart muscle undergoes a series of degenerative changes, including changes in atherosclerotic coronary arteries feeding her, in which blood flow is significantly reduced. In this case, the ideal solution is to course application of hawthorn in the form of tea.
Another target group for the hawthorn - a person experiencing physical constants (to a lesser extent - emotional) overload, which leads to early wear and tear of the body and the appearance of symptoms, similar to the so-called "old man's heart." In such situations, the use of hawthorn justified not only therapeutic, but also prophylactically. Of course, ischemic heart disease or congestive heart failure with one hawthorn not cure (not to mention the later stages of the disease), but at the very beginning of heart problems use hawthorn seems highly appropriate and correct.
Transferred severe infectious diseases often have a negative impact on cardiac function, and hence there is another reason to seek help from a hawthorn. It will help to optimize the function of the heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure. Although expect a hawthorn, as the only means for hypertension is not: It is noted that even when he increased the pressure.
Another remarkable feature of the hawthorn - rehabilitation. It helps recover after myocardial infarction, i.e. in cases where the vital need to restore coronary blood flow, in order myocardiocytes again prepared in the necessary quantities of oxygen and nutrients.
A few words about Hawthorn. They powdery in consistency, have a sour taste. They can be used as food. Dry flour hawthorn fruit gives home baking original fruity taste. Hawthorn good and as substitutes for coffee or tea. It is appropriate to bring a recipe broth, used for hypertension and cholecystitis, one of the components of which are the fruit of the hawthorn. It should be put out in the oven and rub through a sieve kilogram of fruit, then cook oatmeal broth (300 g for that cereal for a night filled with 3 liters of water and bring to a boil in the morning), add to the broth ostuzhennoy hawthorn fruit puree. Daily Dose - one glass.
Recently received widespread tincture Hawthorn sold through pharmacy network. She takes off her excitability of the central nervous system, tones the myocardium, stimulates coronary blood flow, eliminates tachycardia and arrhythmia, lowers blood pressure and helps to get rid of breathlessness. But this infusion can successfully cook and himself. To do this, take 10 grams of leaves with flowers, then infuse for 10 days in 100 ml of 70% alcohol (at the very least fit and regular vodka), filter and pour into a bottle of dark glass. Take the resulting product should be in an amount of 20-30 drops a day three times per half hour before a meal. Course duration - 1 month.
In short, without the flowers and fruits of hawthorn medicine chest is hard to imagine a man fascinated phytotherapy. Recently, a number of sources indicates the ability of hawthorn to reduce weight (if received in the form of tea). This is due to its property to deduce the excess fluid from the body. It is unlikely that we can expect from him consistent effect the correction of body weight, but perhaps readers interested in the recipe of this tea with two teaspoons of leaves with flowers (flowers can be one) filled with 250 ml of boiling water and infuse for 20 minutes. Drink one cup 2-3 times a day. To make the drink more palatable, it is possible to add the sea buckthorn juice with sugar or honey.
Individual intolerance (uncommon), pregnancy, lactation and children's age.