Crataegus Fruit - Shan Zha
Products Featuring This Herb:
Hawthorne Berry Extract Powder
Young at Heart
Aid Life Pills
Healthy Digestion Teapills
Preserve Harmony Pills
Other Common Names
Hawthorn Fruit or Berry
Page # In Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs
None. Crataegus is not a tonic herb. It is a digestive.
Organ Meridian Systems
Spleen, Stomach, Liver
Part Used and Form
The ripe fruit which has been sliced and sun dried.
To improve digestion and remove food stagnation.
Crataegus strengthens digestion. This very useful herb helps to remove stagnated food from the digestive tract and to restore normal functioning of the Spleen and Stomach in digesting, transporting and distributing nutrients. Crataegus is a very commonly used herb that is used to relieve indigestion which has resulted in abdominal distention, belching, acid regurgitation, stuffiness, anorexia, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and irregular bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation) due to food retention. In China, Crataegus is often consumed as the main ingredient in a tea, or combined with a couple of other digestive herbs when one has consumed too much meat or greasy food. Crataegus is excellent at digesting these.
Crataegus has become an extremely popular herb in Europe because of its very beneficial influence on hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipemia (high blood fat) and high cholesterol. In China it is combined with Cassia tora seed to improve these functions and is consumed as a tea or in capsules. Crataegus can be used to treat symptoms of coronary heart disease, especially when combined with herbs that improve circulation, such as Salvia, Pseudoginseng, Ginkgo and Ligusticum.
- Ginseng Root, Citrus Peel and Atractylodes to tonify the Spleen and remove stagnation in the Stomach
Varieties and Grading
Crataegus is best when it is freshly processed. If it appears old, overly dry and discolored, look for another supply. It should look like good dried fruit that you would eat. Both stir-baked Crataegus and unprocessed, sun dried Crataegus are available. The stir-baked variety is best for digestion, while the unprocessed (sun dried only) Crataegus is best for hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.