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Drug Interactions with Hawthorn Berry
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Using Herbal Tonics Longterm
by N J Howell
One of the common questions about any supplement aimed at helping a chronic condition, is whether you can take it longterm. This is particularly important when talking about an herb designed to help the heart restore and strengthen over time. Because it is a tonic herb, that is an herb that works over time to gradually strengthen the body system, hawthorn is considered safe for longterm use. In fact, using it longterm is recommended because the true benefits will only be seen over time.
Hawthorn Side Effects Hawthorn should not be taken if you are also taking high blood pressure medications such as atenolol, metopropol, etc. or calcium channel blockers (ask your doctor about this) You should also avoid Hawthorn if you are on digoxin. There may be other side effects as well so, before taking any natural remedy, please check with your cardiologist before adding anything new to your heartcare regimen.
Assuming you are not taking any medications that would interact with the Hawthorn herb, it is considered one of the best and safest natural tonics for improving cardiovascular function. The amount of studies done on hawthorn and heart health lead most holistic practitioners and not a few medical doctors to believe it to be very safe; however, we're talking about hawthorn taken alone, as an herbal tonic. Adding other herbs to it requires additional research and careful monitoring.
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Heart Health Disclaimer: If you are under a doctor's care for any type of heart condition including but not limited to afib, mitral valve prolapse, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, heart murmor or coronary heart disease, consult with a qualified specialist in the cardiovascular field before taking hawthorn. Note that other herbal cardiac tonics have not been studies as much as hawthorn so use particular caution if trying other herbal cardiac tonics.Check with your doctor before adding hawthorn to your cardivasular health regimen.