Herbal Remedy, Hawthorn Extract, Can Help The Heart, Review Finds
Jan. 23, 2012 - Adding another twist to the ongoing debate over the value of an herbal treatment for patients with heart failure, a new review of existing research suggests that hawthorn extract "significantly" improves symptoms.
A group of Cochrane Researchers looked to see if hawthorn extract was better than placebo for treating patients with chronic heart failure. They identified 14 randomised control trials that compared the effects of adding hawthorn extract or placebo to conventional therapies.
heartmate2packThe trials involved a total of 855 patients and the data indicated that hawthorn extract:
•improved maximal workload,
•increased exercise tolerance,
•reduced oxygen consumption by the heart, and
•reduced shortness of breath and fatigue.
•A few people reported mild nausea, dizziness and heart and stomach complaints.