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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Hawthorne Berry & Flower (CRATAEGUS OXYCANTHA)

Strengthens & calms the heart. Hypotensive, dissolves arterial deposits (plaque) & blood thinner.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Strengthens the heart, hypotensive via diuresis, dissolves arterial deposits (plaque), hypolipidemic, blood thinner. Regulates the heartbeat (by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system), Calms the heart ~ St. John's Wort but more of a heart tonic. Digestive.

Hawthorne is a gentle remedy with minimal toxicity in the rose family. It is frequently taken as a tea or tincture. However, the best way to get the medicinal benefits is through the fresh juice or freeze dried extract.

SUGGESTED USE

1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines

Biocharacteristics of Hawthorne Berry & Flower

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Moves Energy:
Inward

INWARD

Inward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Muscle

MUSCLE

Muscle tissue (Mamsa Dhatu) includes muscles and ligaments.

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Red Blood

RED-BLOOD

Red blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.

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Affinity:
Anti Aging

ANTI-AGING

Geriatric conditions typically involve low agni / metabolism, poor circulation, weakness & debility, muscle weakening, poor digestion, a drop in sex hormones, and connective tissue degradation in bones & skin.

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, Digestion, Heart Circulation Blood, Mind Stress Sleep
Family: Rosaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Hawthorne Berry & Flower
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Antilithic

ANTILITHIC

An herb that dissolves / breaks up stones (gallstones or kidney stones) so that it can be passed.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Antidepressant

ANTIDEPRESSANT

Herbs that lift feelings of depression, benefit the mind and improve mental function.

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Improves Focus

IMPROVES-FOCUS

Reduces scattered thoughts. Creates a steady mind. Includes herbs that relax (for Vata) and herbs that stimulate (for Kapha).

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Builds Stamina

BUILDS-STAMINA

Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.

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Adrenal Tonic

ADRENAL-TONIC

Strengthens, supports, or increases output of adrenals.

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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.

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Antifibrotic

ANTIFIBROTIC

Fibrosis of an organ is often a progressive leading to organ failure (i.e lungs, liver, kidney). While vulneraries usually help restore collagen, antifibrotic herbs often clear collagen. Aka fibrinolytic.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Immune Calming

IMMUNE-CALMING

Herbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system, useful in allergies and autoimmune conditions.

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Calms Heart

CALMS-HEART

An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'

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Cardiac Tonic

STRONG CARDIAC-TONIC

Strengthens and tones the heart (heart-tonic). Cardiac tonics are used to treat a wide range of heart issues from arrhythmia, to cardiac insufficiency.

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Ace Inhibitor

ACE-INHIBITOR

Used to lower blood pressure. Promotes diuresis by inhibiting angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE).

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Antioxidant

ANTIOXIDANT

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.

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Antiplatelet

ANTIPLATELET

An herb that inhibits clotting, dissolves clots, thins the blood, or destroys platelets, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease, clots, and stroke. Aka anticoagulant.

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Beta Adrenergic Blocker

BETA-ADRENERGIC-BLOCKER

Sedates the stympathetic nervous system. Used to calm the heart, manage abnormal heart rhythms, and reduce high blood pressure.

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Blood Thinner

BLOOD-THINNER

Herbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.

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Hypotensive

HYPOTENSIVE

An herb that lowers blood pressure.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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Vessel Tonic

VESSEL-TONIC

An herb that improves the tone and integrity of blood vessel walls. This is helpful in easy bruising.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Constituents:
Flavonoids

STRONG FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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, Tannins,
Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Hawthorne Berry & Flower

Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Blood-thinner, Hypotensive, Antifibrotic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Adrenal-tonic, Antiplatelet, Hypolipidemic, Vasodilator

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Antifibrotic, Blood-thinner, Hypotensive, Antiplatelet, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Ace-inhibitor, Beta-adrenergic-blocker, Hypolipidemic, Vasodilator

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Antifibrotic, Blood-thinner, Immune-calming, Antioxidant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Antiplatelet, Hypolipidemic

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Turmeric Root (Fresh)

Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Antifibrotic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Adrenal-tonic, Antioxidant, Hypolipidemic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiplatelet, Immune-calming

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Celery Seed

Celery Seed has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antilithic, Hypotensive, Ace-inhibitor, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Immune-calming, Antioxidant, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Blood-thinner, Hypolipidemic

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Improves-focus, Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Antidepressant, Immune-calming, Vasodilator

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Cranberry

Cranberry has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Blood-thinner, Improves-focus, Antidepressant, Diuretic, Antioxidant, Immune-calming

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Tarragon

Tarragon has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Antiplatelet, Digestive, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Diuretic

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Blood-thinner, Hypolipidemic, Digestive, Immune-calming

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Green Tea

Green Tea has these Actions in Common

Antidepressant, Digestive, Antioxidant, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-thinner, Immune-calming

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Hawthorne Berry & Flower

Ginkgo

Ginkgo has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Hypolipidemic, Antidepressant, Hypotensive, Antifibrotic, Immune-calming, Antioxidant, Internal-detoxicant, Antiplatelet, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Vessel-tonic, Cardiac-tonic, Ace-inhibitor, Diuretic

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Antifibrotic, Immune-calming, Antioxidant, Internal-detoxicant, Antiplatelet, Vasodilator, Blood-thinner, Vessel-tonic, Calms-heart, Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Anti-inflammatory, Hypotensive

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Hypolipidemic, Anti-inflammatory, Hypotensive, Antilithic, Internal-detoxicant, Antioxidant, Tonic, Builds-stamina, Vasodilator, Cardiac-tonic, Digestive, Diuretic

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Motherwort

Motherwort has these Actions in Common

Antifibrotic, Vessel-tonic, Antiplatelet, Beta-adrenergic-blocker, Calms-heart, Cardiac-tonic, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Hypotensive, Antidepressant, Immune-calming

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Sage, Red

Sage, Red has these Actions in Common

Antiplatelet, Cardiac-tonic, Hypolipidemic, Hypotensive, Immune-calming, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Antifibrotic, Vessel-tonic, Antioxidant

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Eleuthero Ginseng

Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Hypotensive, Improves-focus, Adrenal-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory, Tonic, Antidepressant, Builds-stamina

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Bhringaraj

Bhringaraj has these Actions in Common

Adrenal-tonic, Vessel-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Calms-heart, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Hypotensive, Immune-calming, Tonic

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Ace-inhibitor, Tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Antifibrotic, Antioxidant, Cardiac-tonic, Digestive, Improves-focus

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Builds-stamina, Diuretic, Immune-calming, Ace-inhibitor, Tonic, Adrenal-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant

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Punarnavadi Guggulu Tablets

Punarnavadi Guggulu Tablets has these Actions in Common

Antilithic, Blood-thinner, Cardiac-tonic, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant, Anti-inflammatory

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Hawthorne Berry & Flower may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Antidepressant: Do not combine with antihistamines.
  • Blood-thinner: Patients on warfarin (coumadin) and other anticoagulants, or who have clotting difficulties, should take special caution to only use blood thinners under the supervision of a medical doctor.
  • Cardiac-tonic: Caution when taking alongside cardiac pharmaceuticals. Inotropic herbs (that affect heart contractile strength) may interact with digoxin.
  • Diuretic: Diuretics may clear pharmaceutical drugs more quickly, lowering the effect.
  • Hypolipidemic: May magnify the effect of cholesterol lowering drugs.
  • Hypotensive: Herbs that lower blood pressure can magnify the effect of blood pressure reducing pharmaceuticals.

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