Crataegus pinnatifida , Shan-zha, Chinese Hawthorn, Hawthorn flowers, Hawthorn berries.

Shan-zha, Chinese Hawthorn, Hawthorn flowers, Hawthorn berries, Crataegus pinnatifida, 山 楂. If closely related plants are used by cultures on opposite sides of the globe, a scientific basis for the traditional use is likely. Such is the case with hawthorns, which have been used in European, Chinese, and American traditions to treat heart ailments. In traditional Asian medicine as well as European herbal traditions, hawthorn has been widely used in long-term prescriptions for hypertension related to cardiac weakness, arteriosclerosis, and angina pectoris. Clinical experiments in China have shown that preparations from Hawthorn fruit lower blood pressure, affects systemic vasodilation, lowers serum cholesterol levels, and is useful in the prevention and treatment of arteriosclerosis.

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