|Notes||Strengthens cardiac muscle, valves and circulatory insufficiency | For hypertension it dilates coronary vessels, increasing functional capacity of heart | Maintains healthy arteries, veins and heart by strenthening and protecting connective tissue found in the heart and endothelial lining of blood vessels --> gives structures resiliency against injury, disease and normal wear and tear of aging | Impoves circulation to extremeties by lowering the resistance to blood flow in peripheral blood vessels | Reduces cardiac plaque formation (mechanism unknown) | Increases tensile binding strength of connective tissue in general and protects against oxidative damage | Increases coronary blood flow, mild ACE inhibition, positive inotropic action and antioxidant | Use adjunctively to treat mild to moderate congestive heart failure, mild to moderate hypertension, angina coronary artery disease, atrial arrythmias, premature ventricular contractions, mitral valve prolapse and post myocardial infarction recovery | Can correct valvular weakness and rhythm issues d/t increasing blood supply back to heart and through enhancing connective tissue crosslinking | Needs to be taken long term for best results (at least 3 months) | TCM=uses Shan Zha (different species of cratageus) berries, considered sweet, sour and slightly warm, eliminates stagnant heart blood, builds heart qi, tonifies spleen/stomach and dissipates food accumulation, promotes digestion eliminates food stagnation and is useful to treat epigastric and abdominal fullness, distention, abdominal pain and diarrhea, best used to promote digestion after eating red meat or greasy/fatty foods, activates blood circulation, disperses blood stagnation and is used to treat cardiovascular disorders including hypertension, coronary artery disease, angina and hypercholesterolemia|
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