Night Blooming Cereus

In the spirit of the article I wrote last week about arjuna, I'd like to share another herb that can be used for the heart besides the well-known Western herb, hawthorn. This potential heart remedy is night blooming cereus, a species of cactus that blooms at night.

This species of cactus is used for all types of cardiopulmonary disorders, including angina, tachycardia, palpitations, and valvular disease. It has an effect like digitalis, but milder, which puts it in a similar category of heart remedies as lily of the valley. It stimulates the action of the heart and has been used to aid recovery from heart attacks and combines well with hawthorn and motherwort for this purpose.

It is considered a specific remedy for heart valve problems. It doesn’t close valves that aren’t closing properly, or repair damaged valves, but it does help to support the heart muscle so that the heart functions better in spite of the valve disorders. Like arjuna, it can also be used to help repair heart damage in smokers.

Specific Indications and Dosing

Night Blooming Cereus FlowerMatthew Wood gives the following specific indications for night blooming cereus in his book The Earthwise Herbal. These include pressure in the chest, difficulty breathing, and sighing from oxygen deficiency as the person tries to gasp for air. The pulse is rapid but feeble. The person has a tendency to anxiety and may be thin and nervous. Problems also tend to be worse at night.

Using this cactus combined with mimosa may be useful for people suffering from emotional heartbreak. It may also be helpful as a remedy for depression with a sense of panic and foreboding. The person has an apprehension of danger.

Night blooming cereus is a professional strength botanical. I have never used it as a single remedy. I’ve always added it to one of my custom cardiac formulas. I haven’t used it much because most people don’t muscle test for it. However, even when they do, I use it as only a small part of the formula as it’s needed in small amounts, typically just 1-3 drops, diluted in water and taken once or twice daily. You can also find it in certain heart health formulas and formulas to reduce anxiety.


Steven's Articles


The Cooling, Soothing Peach Tree
Peach leaves, twigs, and kernels are a valuable…

Utilitarian Yucca
A valuable Southwestern survival plant for medicine,…

A powerful Chinese herbal remedy easing pain,…

Nature's Original Pain Reliever
Willow bark eases aches and pains and helps increase…


A tasty & nutritious garden weed, and a cooling…

Night Blooming Cereus
A remedy for strengthening the heart and easing anxiety

An alternative to hawthorn for cardiovascular health

Scotch Broom
Labor inducer, nervous system stimulant, cardiac…

Balancing the Nervous System
Twenty-four hours a day, seven…

Nattokinase and Nattozymes
Enzymes that inhibit thrombosis and help to dissolve blood clots


A traditional remedy for mothers, that helps calm…

Prickly Ash
A circulatory stimulant for easing pain, damaged…

Improving Venous Circulation with Butcher's Broom
A valuable herb for varicose veins, chronic venous…

Guggul Resin
Guggul promotes healthy circulation, reduces inflammation,…


The Relaxing Power of Linden
Linden is a remedy for hypertension, anxiety,…

Strategies for HealthPicking herbal remediesJoin Steven for Strategies for Health Consulting

If you’re looking to help people solve their health problems using natural remedies, I want to help you. I’ve helped train successful herbalists and natural healers for over 35 years. So, if you want to develop or improve your ability to help others, join me for Strategies for Health Consulting. In this class, I will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to do health consultations that will help people move beyond the symptomatic relief offered by modern medicine into lasting healing.

The class is $135 for all 7 sessions. The book Strategies for Health Consulting is available separately for $39.95.

Register for Strategies for Health Consulting