Cramp Bark

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Biological Name: Viburnum opulusCramp Bark

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Other Names: Guelder Rose, Cramp Bark

Elements Applied: Dried bark is commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Active Components:

  • Tannins; mostly catechins.
  • Hydroquinones; free hydroquinone traces, methylarbutin, and arbutin;
  • Coumarins, like scopline and scopoletin;

Used For: The herb is known to relieve spasms, inflammations, nervous tension; treat diarrhea, reduce blood pressure, and induce menstruation.

Cramp Bark is applied to reduce muscle tension, and relieve spasms.

It is mostly employed for two purposes. First, it is applied to relieve muscle pains. Second, it is used to treat uterine and ovarian conditions. Cramp Bark will cause uterine relaxation, and treat painful spasms, linked with menstruation. It may also be applied to prevent the possibility of miscarriage. Due to its astringent properties, the herb can be used to reduce excess menstrual bleeding and uterine hemorrhage linked with menopausal period.

Commonly mixed with: To relieve pains, Cramp Bark is mixed with Wild Yam and Prickly Ash. As a remedy for ovarian and uterine cramps or possibility of miscarriage, the herb is combined with Valerian or Black Haw.

Additional Info: The herb is indigenous to America, Britain, and Europe.

Preparation and Intake: To prepare a decoction, take two teaspoons of dried bark extract for 200 ml of water. Boil it up and leave on low heat for ten to fifteen minutes. The result is consumed thrice per day.

In form of tincture the herb is applied at a dose of 4-8 ml thrice per day.

Safety: There is no data concerning the plant’s safety level. It is possible that the herb interacts with the medicine you use. Speak to your health-care provider before taking the remedy.