Shan Zha, also know as Crataegus Fruit and Hawthorn Fruit, has many benefits for the body. It is a natural antibacterial, antioxidant, and immunostimulate herb. In traditional Chinese medicine, herbs have specific functions that benefit the body. Shan Zha reduces food stagnation and transforms accumulation, transforms blood stasis and dissipates clumps, stops diarrhea, also has recently been used for hypertension, coronary artery disease, and elevated serum cholesterol.
This herb is warming, so do not take it if you tend toward acid reflux, or heartburn. Always check with your prescribing practitioner to see if this herb is right for you.