Shan Zha

Latin name: Crataegi, Fructus

Shan Zha Also Known As: Hawthorn Fruit, Hawthorn Berry, Aubepine, Bianco spino, Crataegi Flos, Crataegi Folium, Crataegi Folium Cum Flore, Crataegi Fructus, English Hawthorn, Epine Blanche, Epine de Mai, Haagdorn, Hagedorn, Harthorne, Haw, Hawthorn Extract, Hawthorn Flower, Hawthorn Fruit, Hawthorn Leaf, Hawthorne, Hedgethorn, May, Maybush, Maythorn, Mehlbeebaum, Meidorn, Nan Shanzha, Oneseed Hawthorn, Shanzha, Weissdorn, Whitehorn, Crataegus laevigata, synonym Crataegus cuneata; Crataegus oxyacantha; Crataegus monogyna; Crataegus pinnatifida.

Properties: SWEET, SOUR - WARM

Dosage: 9-15g.

Meridians/Channels: LIVER, SPLEEN, STOMACH

  • reduces & guides out food stagnation
  • transforms blood stasis - dissipates clumps
  • hypertension

Also Used For: Orally, hawthorn is used for cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary circulation problems, and arrhythmias. It is also used to increase cardiac output reduced by hypertension or pulmonary disease, to treat both hypotension and hypertension, atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, and Buerger's disease. Hawthorn is also used as a sedative, antispasmotic, astringent, and diuretic. It is also used for gastrointestinal conditions such as indigestion, enteritis, epigastric distension, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Hawthorn fruit is also used orally to treat tapeworm infections, acute bacillary dysentery, and amenorrhea. Topically, hawthorn leaf is used as a poultice for boils, sores, and ulcers. Hawthorn fruit preparations are used as a wash for sores, itching, and frost bite. Manufacturing, hawthorn fruit is used for making candied fruit slices, jam, jelly, and wine.