Artichoke (Cynara scolymus)

Indications Cynara scolymus is used for hyperlipidemia, dyspepsia, nausea, alcohol-induced hangover, liver dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, and gallstone prevention. It is also used orally as a diuretic and choleretic to promote bile production. Because bile plays an important role in lipid and cholesterol processing, choleretic agents are often used in…

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha, Crataegus monogyna, Crataegus laevigata)

Indications Cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure, coronary circulation problems, weak cardiac output, hypertension, angina, arrhythmias, and atherosclerosis. Hawthorn is also used as a sedative and anxiolytic. Mechanism of Action Proanthocyanidins, a group of flavonoid compounds in hawthorn berries are credited with much of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions.…

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Related Species Convallaria keiskei (Asian or Japanese lily of the valley) Indications For heart conditions with weak cardiac output, cardiac irregularities, or both due to mechanical impediments or arrhythmic forms of heart failure (e.g., mitral stenosis and regurgitation and mild-to-moderate congestive heart failure) associated with symptoms such as edema, palpitations,…

Night-Blooming Cactus (Selenicereus grandiflorus)

Indications Used for weak, irregular heart action, tachycardia, palpitations, aortic regurgitation, and angina. Mechanism of Action The amines in night-blooming cactus are credited with cardiotonic effects. The amino acid tyramine is found in the plant and credited with a positive ionotropic action.1 Selicereus can stimulate the heart and dilate peripheral…

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