Does taking hawthorn help with high blood pressure?

This natural supplement is used to treat high blood pressure along with prescription medications. This is one of the many natural remedies used extensively in UK by herbal practitioners.

In research study, this supplement helps significantly with congestive heart failure (CHF). A well-designed study done by Walked et al. (2006) showed that it is effective for lowering blood pressure compared to a placebo (sugar pill).

Is it safe to use hawthorn if I suffer from heart failure?

New research seems to show that people suffering from heart failure should avoid taking this natural remedy. It seemed to increase the risk hospitalization by 18%. Of course, more research will be needed to confirm this initial finding.

Pharmacist Tom's recommendations:

Discuss taking this supplement with your doctor. You may not be able to stop your prescription high blood pressure medication right away but perhaps you can lower your dose? Definitely something to consider trying.

We hope that you are also on a low-salt diet as it has proven that getting to much salt in your diet can raise your blood pressure. Sticking with a diet that lowers high blood pressure is called a DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)

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Revised: January 5, 2010