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The Side Effects of Eating Chinese Hawthorn

author image Carole Anne Tomlinson
Carole Anne Tomlinson is a registered nurse with experience in rehabilitation, nutrition, chemical dependency, diabetes and health problems related to the elderly. Tomlinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and is presently working on her master's degree in nursing. Her screenplays have been viewed by Merchant Ivory, Angela Lansbury and Steven King's associates.
The Side Effects of Eating Chinese Hawthorn
Chinese hawthorn fruit supplements may help heart problems but also could cause side effects.

Chinese hawthorn fruit as a supplement functions by opening your blood vessels, particularly in the heart, states. This can help your blood flow more easily. For this reason, herbalists may recommend Chinese hawthorn fruit to help your circulation improve and help your heart work better if you have low-level heart failure. This also may lessen chest pain occurrences, notes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved Chinese hawthorn fruit supplements as medications. Speak with your physician about taking this supplement before you begin.

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Because Chinese hawthorn fruit supplements relax your blood vessels, allowing your blood to flow without restrictions, your blood pressure may decrease. While this classifies as a good effect, it may make you feel sleepy or groggy, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center indicates. This sedation effect generally occurs when you first use Chinese hawthorn fruit as a supplement and should cease as you use it more and your body adjusts. Unless the sedative effect persists or feels severe, you should not need medical help. If the effect interferes with your normal activities or worries you, seek counsel from your physician.


Many new supplements or medicines can unsettle your stomach. Taking Chinese hawthorn fruit supplements, too, can cause some gastric problems. In particular, notes, this supplement can make you feel a sensation of mild nausea. If the nauseous feelings persist or feel more severe, such as leading to vomiting, speak with your doctor for help.


The introduction of Chinese hawthorn fruit supplements into your body may make you feel dizzy at first, causing a sensation of spinning or imbalance to occur, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicates. Dizziness itself should feel mild, but if you do not take care, it can make you fall and hurt yourself. It should cease on its own without medical help.


When Chinese hawthorn fruit supplements open your blood vessels, it can cause a drop in blood pressure to which you are not accustomed. This fall in your blood pressure can make you feel tired and fatigued. You may feel like you just ran a marathon or climbed a steep hill, even if all you were doing was sitting in a chair watching television. Once your body adjusts to the lower blood pressure and the Chinese hawthorn fruit supplement, your normal energy level should return. Consult your doctor if you continue to feel fatigued, recommends.

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