A Walk Through Our Physic Garden : The Cardiology Ward

Our Cardiology Ward includes the following plants:

Apothecary Rose (Rosa gallica) is traditionally used for grief, said to raise the spirits and cheer the heart. Scientific studies support its anti-depressant, mild sedative, cardiotonic, and cholesterol lowering properties.

Borage (Borago officinalis) is an annual herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. It was used by the Romans before wartime to strengthen courage – “Borage for Courage”. Its action targetd the adrenal glands specially to relieve stress, mental exhaustion and depression.

Broom (Cytisus scoparius)is a flowering plant that has been used to treat heart problems including fluid retention (edema), poor circulation, low blood pressure, fast heartbeat, and irregular heartbeat.

Christmas Rose (Helleborus Nigra) is an evergreen perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. It has the ability to detoxify the body, stimulate menstruation, prevent parasites, reduce fevers, encourage weight loss, and treat spasms.

Foxgloves (Digitalis Lanata) are biennials – flowering plant that has been is used for congestive heart failure (CHF) and relieving associated fluid retention (Edema); irregular heartbeat, including atrial fibrillation.

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a bulbous flowering plant in the genus Allium. Raw garlic contains a component called Allicin, which helps in thinning the blood and reduces the cholesterol levels.

Hawthorne (crategus Spp) is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat.

Heartsease (viola tricolor) common European wild flower, growing as an annual or short-lived perennial. Is used to decrease swelling (inflammation), reduce blood pressure, and act like an antioxidant.

Lesser Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, native to central and southern Europe. It is used for promoting wound healing, improving the way the immune system defends the body, and for “blood-purification.”

Lily of the valley (Conallaria majalis) is a woodland flowering plant with sweetly scented, pendent, bell-shaped white flowers borne in sprays in spring. Is used for heart problems including heart failure and irregular heartbeat.

Melilot (Melilotus officinalis) is an herb used to relieve discomfort and heaviness of legs related to minor problems related to blood circulation.

Motherwort (Leonorus cardica) an herbaceous perennial plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. Is used for heart conditions, including heart failure, irregular heartbeat, fast heartbeat, and heart symptoms due to anxiety

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) is an herb that can calm the digestion and improves the flow of the blood to the brain. 

Valerian (Valeriana Offincialis) is an herb native to Europe and parts of Asia. It has been used to help reduces blood pressure, heart rate and feelings of pressure when under stress.

Yarrow (Achillea millifolium) is a flowering plant that has properties for treating fever, common cold, hay fever, dysentery, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and gastrointestinal (GI).


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