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Sometimes known as lycopus, this is a very bitter tasting herb that is a relative of the mint family. Bugleweed has strong influence over the heart and lungs. Bugleweed is especially good for a rapid heartbeat that tends to come at night and interfere with sleep. Bugleweed should not be taken by those who have an under-active thyroid or by pregnant or breast feeding mothers.
Hawthorn has a long history of being used as a medicinal herb, even today it is mainly used as a cardiovascular tonic. Hawthorn extract has been shown in studies to relax the heart muscles, which will regulate heart function and slow palpitations. One study performed in America in 2002 showed that the active ingredient in hawthorn is the flavonoids, which have the ability to increase the strength of the walls of the blood vessels, improve blood flow to the heart, and help the body utilize oxygen. In both controlled and uncontrolled studies, hawthorn even shows promise in possibly being able to treat congestive heart failure.
Peppermint is another popular herbal remedy because of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, and vasoconstriction compounds, all of which are beneficial to heart function. Studies show that peppermint relaxes the bronchial muscles, increases brain oxygen levels, and increases ventilation. Experts recommend rubbing sweet smelling peppermint oil externally several times per day to stop the pain that often comes with heart palpitations.
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