Craetegus was regarded as a valuable heart remedy as far back as the Middle Ages. The Hawthorn was considered sacred in early times and believed to furnish the Crown of Thorns. Legend has it that between 30-63 AD Joseph of Aramathea came to England and planted his hawthorn staff in Glastonbury soil.

Hawthorn’s therapeutic actions come from the berries, flowers and leaves. The plant constituents are considered valuable as a remedy for those with circulatory and cardiac problems, improving blood flow to the vital organs. By dilating vessels, Hawthorn decreases blood vessel resistance and lowers blood pressure. In addition, by improving oxygen utilization the heart is more effective.

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the principal that ‘like cures like’, in a tiny dilution. Craetegus is a well established Homeopathic remedy used for a multitude of heart conditions.  If your symptoms fit with the symptoms of Crataegus, then it may be of benefit.

The uses for Craetegus include the following symptoms: general heart weakness, bouts of anxiety that result in a weak feeling of the heart (a sinking heart), symptoms of angina pectoris, hypertension (high blood pressure) and also hypotension (low blood pressure), pain under left scapula, and insomnia. A low potency such as 3x or 6x can be taken to maintain a regular heart action and remove associated symptoms.

Craetegus is also used for serious heart disorders and has been found to be of specific use for post stroke and heart attack conditions regulating the heart and strengthening its muscle. However this would be best prescribed with the support of your homeopath or health professional.

Where to buy Homeopathic remedies – Homeopathic remedies can be bought from healthfood shops, chemists or pop into the clinic.

Homeopathic remedies are often used as self-help for simple conditions, however for more serious complaints a homeopath, GP or health professional should be consulted before using homeopathic medicines.

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath