Here we look at the claims for Hawthorn.

Version: 2.0 Last updated: April 2023 To be reviewed: October 2025

Treatment details

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Dietary supplement



Regarded as safe



No or limited evidence that it is effective



The makers claim

That it can improve tinnitus due to its action on the circulatory system.

What is the treatment?

Hawthorn extracts can be taken as capsules, powder or a liquid tincture.

What are the downsides of this treatment?

Hawthorn is generally regarded as safe, but it may be toxic in large doses[1].

Has there been research into this treatment?

There have been no papers published on hawthorn extracts as a treatment for tinnitus.

What does the research say?

There is no evidence available regarding this treatment for tinnitus.

There is no evidence available regarding this treatment for tinnitus. We would suggest you talk to your GP before taking any new medication or supplement.

“Dietary supplements should not be recommended to treat tinnitus.”[3]

Tinnitus UK

All online references accessed 11 October 2022 unless noted.

1. The Drugsite Trust. Hawthorn. www.drugs.com/npp/ashwagandha.html

2. Orhan IE. Phytochemical and Pharmacological Activity Profile of Crataegus Oxyacantha L. (Hawthorn) – A Cardiotonic Herb. Current Medicinal Chemistry. (2018) 25(37) 4854-4865.
DOI: 10.2174/092986732366616091909

3. Coelho C, Tyler R et al. Survey on the Effectiveness of Dietary Supplements to Treat Tinnitus. American Journal of Audiology. (2016) 25(3): 184-205