Medical  Explorer

Custom Search

Drugs A to Z  :  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z
Medicinal Ingredients : A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Beauty Products : A  B  C  D  E  F  G  I  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  V

Aging      Allergies     Alzheimer's      Arthritis    Asthma      Bacteria   new Cancer    Chickenpox     Colds     Constipation      Diabetes      Epilepsy     Fatigue     Fever     Genetics       Haemorrhoids       newHeadaches      Hepatitis    Immunity      Infection      Insomnia       Leprosy       Menopause      Obesity      Osteoporosis     Other Diseases    Pain      PMS     Parasites     Sinusitis     newStroke     Toxicology    Urology




Arthritis medications
Acupuncture
Alcohol
Patients
newGeneral Health
Medicinal food
Chinese medicine
Nutrients
Smoking
Vitamins
OTC Drugs
Health Products
Therapy
Symptom
Parasitology
 
 

Hawthorn

Hawthorn

Crataegus scabrifolia (Fr.) Rehd.
ROUGH LEAF HAWTHORN

SHAN ZHA


The hawthorn, shan zha, is also called shan zha gao (hawthorn fruit), hong guo (red fruit) and shan li hong (mountain red).

The rough-leaf hawthorn is a small deciduous species growing to 5 meters. The fruit is spherical or slightly pear shaped with a diameter of 30-60 mm and a smooth skin. (The fruit of the northern hawthorn is 25 mm in diameter while that of the southern hawthorn is 10-15 mm in diameter.)

The immature fruit is light green or yellow-green, as it ripens it turns dark red, yellow-brown or red-brown. The flesh is thick and juicy, the flavor is at first sour and astringent, but this is followed by a slightly sweet after-taste. After chewing there is a large amount of rough material left in the mouth that is difficult to swallow. The fruit contains a number of yellow-brown seeds.

The nature of this fruit is warm and it contains no poison.

The fruit ripens at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It helps digestion and can ease diarrhoea. The fruit contains fructose, protein, fat, vitamins B2 and C, carotene, calcium, phosphorus, iron, haw acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, malic acid, tannin, flavonoid, lactone, enzymes, etc.

 

APPLICATIONS
1. INDIGESTION, STOMACH SWELLING AND PAIN. Take 2-3 pieces of fresh fruit, crush to obtain the juice and drink. Alternatively add 6 grams of dried orange peel to the juice, simmer in a little water and drink. Do this twice.

2. DIARRHEA IN SMALL CHILDREN. Take 3 grams of hawthorn charcoal and 6 grams of hawthorn flakes, simmer in water and serve. Alternatively take 5 pieces of fresh fruit, crush and obtain the juice. Add 0.6 grams of crushed hawthorn charcoal, mix and serve.

3. STOMACH PAIN AND DIARRHEA DUE TO ACUTE GASTROENTERITIS OR DYSENTERY. Take 6-9 grams of hawthorn charcoal  grind to a powder, mix with warm boiled water and drink.

4. HIGH. BLOOD PRESSURE; HYPERTENSION; CORONARY HEART DISEASE. Take 15 grams of hawthorn flakes and simmer in water, or pour boiling water over the flakes and let them soak. Drink the liquid as a medicinal tea over a long period.

5. STOMACH PAIN AFTER CHILDBIRTH. Take 30 grams of hawthorn flakes and 15 grams of Chinese angelica root, (Angelica sinensis). Steam in water and serve.

6. HERNIA. Take 31 grams of hawthorn flakes and steam in water. To this liquid add 1.5 grams of powdered fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), mix and serve. Take this once in the morning and again in the evening.

7. RASH CAUSED BY SKIN ALLERGY. Take 30 grams of hawthorn flakes and 9 grams of gambir plant (Uncaria rhychophylla). Simmer in water and drink the liquid. The affected parts can also be rubbed with the hawthorn flakes that have been simmered.

8. SCURVY. Take 60 grams of hawthorn flakes and 60 grams of peeled chestnuts, add water and steam till cooked. Blend in 30 grams of sugar. Take daily, in the morning, on an empty stomach.

9. FATIGUE CAUSED BY OVERWORK; DIZZINESS WITH ACHING BACK AND LEGS IN THE AGED; PAINFUL JOINTS AND MUSCLES. Take 30-60 grams of hawthorn wine each night before bed.

PREPARATION
1. HAWTHORN FLAKES. Soak the fruit in boiling water for a short time, then scoop out and cut into slices. Dry these in the sun for future use.

2. HAWTHORN CHARCOAL. Heat the dried flakes over a hot plate until they turn to charcoal.

3. HAWTHORN WINE. Take 250 grams of hawthorn flakes, 250 grams of dried longan pulp, 30 grams of Chinese dates and 30 grams of brown sugar. Place in 1000 grams of rice wine* for at least 10 days, shaking it daily. It is then ready for use.

(* Japanese sake can be used. Ed.)

WARNING.
Avoid this fruit if suffering from constipation.

NOTES
1 Tests have shown that hawthorn fruits inhibit all kinds of dysenteric bacilli and also lower blood pressure over a period.

2 There are a wide variety of hawthorns such as northern hawthorn, southern hawthorn, Niagara hawthorn, etc. The hawthorns of Yunnan and Guangxi are the best for fruit, while the northern hawthorn is the best one for medicinal uses.

Abdomen
Blood
Bone
Breast
Ear

Eye

Face
Hair

Head

Heart
Kidney
Liver
Limbs
Lungs
newMind
Mouth
Muscles
Nails

Neck

newNerves
Nose

Skin

Teeth

Throat

Tongue
 
Health news
 
Cardiovascular Guide
 
Natural Remedies
 
Treatment of Cancer
 
Women's Health
 
Irritable bowel syndrome
 
Common Childhood Illnesses
 
Prescribed Drugs
 
 

     
         
     

 

Disclaimer