Heart Health Herbs
This is a formula that I developed for myself. Some research has shown that a heart tonic can be helpful for women over 50. I developed this one based on my research of many products.
Hawthorn Berry: Hawthorn was traditionally used in Europe for kidney and bladder stones and as a diuretic. Its current use for circulatory and cardiac problems stems from an Irish physician who started using it successfully on his patients for such conditions toward the end of the 19th century.
Hawthorn is found in most herbal preparations for heart weakness, irregular heart beat, hardening of the arteries, artery spasms, and angina. In studies the hearts of those patients taking hawthorn required less oxygen when under stress as compared to standard treatments. And in another study it normalized heart action and efficiency and seemed to strengthen contractions in almost all the patients with primary heart disease and even some with more severe secondary heart disease.
Hawthorn lowers blood pressure by dilating surface blood vessels, as opposed to directly acting on the heart as does digitalis. This also means it takes longer to work but there is also no cumulative effect on the heart tissue. It does make the body more sensitive to digitalis. Hawthorn also helps keep the heart beating properly and decreases
peripheral vascular resistance.
Motherwort Herb: Motherwort is primarily an herb of the heart. Several species have sedative effects, decreasing muscle spasms and temporarily lowering blood pressure. This is perfect for my heart health formula.
Another of motherwort’s uses is to improve fertility and reduce anxiety associated with childbirth, postpartum depression, and menopause. Do not use during pregnancy.
Chinese women often use it combined with dong quai as a menstrual regulator. Motherwort was formerly used to treat rheumatism and lung problems, like bronchitis and asthma. Motherwort may help an overactive thyroid but does not depress normal thyroid function.
Dandelion Root: This is simply a good all around tonic herb for health and definitely adds to heart health. I have found it to be an excellent compliment to the Motherwort and Hawthorn.
Dandelion contains much that is beneficial to our bodies: bitter compounds, choline, inulin, large quantities of minerals such as calcium, sodium, silicic acid, sulfur. The bitter compounds stimulate the appetite and promote digestion. Choline affects the gallbladder and the intestines, often stimulating the mucous membranes of the large intestine in a laxative effect. It also has a relationship to the liver’s lipid metabolism. Our daily requirement of choline is 2-3 grams and a lack of it increases fatty degeneration of the liver. Dandelion can promote bile production in the liver and its secretion from the liver.
Dandelion root is a “blood purifier” that helps both the kidneys and the liver to improve elimination. It helps clear up many eczemalike
skin problems because of this. Its use as a diuretic is favorable because it replaces the potassium that most diuretics remove. It’s the herb of choice for treating rheumatism, gout and heart disease as well as regulating hormonal imbalances.