Gemmotherapy Crataegus oxycantha (Hawthorne)

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Latest Edit: Hector 2014-02-24 (EDT)

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See Also Botanical Crataegus oxyacantha

Crataegus oxycantha, or Hawthorn is a spiny shrum with many branches. It can grow up to four metres high with the rare exception of twelve metres, and is found in hedges and wood edges of the temperate regions. This shrub is hardy and can live for more than two hundred years, some even surpassing thousands of years. It has beautiful flowers that grow in small clusters, usually white but sometimes pink and have an unexpected "rotten fish" smell to them. This shrub also contains fruit called "haws" that are bright red berries.[1]

Key notes

Therapeutic actions

  • Cardiac tonic, possessing calming properties of the flowers (cardiac rhythm, tension), as well as tonic influence of the fruit.
  • Positive inotropic and chronotropic action. Detoxifies the heart and reinforces the contractibility of the heart.
  • Sedative for the central nervous system
  • Intervenes with any degenerative disease leading to tissue sclerosis

Clinical indications


  1. Ledoux, Frank and Gueniot, Gerard.(2012)Phytembryotherapy: The Embryo of Gemmotherapy, Editions Amyris. Spain.
  2. Dr. Reckeweg (2012)Product Catalog, Bio Lonreco. Quebec.