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Cramp Bark

£8.50£41.00

Cramp Bark

£8.50£41.00

Common name: Cramp Bark, Black Haw, Stagbush, sweet viburnum, guelder-rose, water elder, arrowwood

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Habitat/Cultivation: Cramp Bark grows in woodlands hedges and thickets in Europe, Eastern and North America. It is propagated from seeds sown in Autumn. The Bark and branches are collected in spring and summer when the plant is in flower. It has distinctive red berries.

Parts used: Bark.

Traditional use: Formally used as a sedative remedy for nervous conditions and as an anti-spasmodic in the treatment of asthma. As name indicates its primary medical use is to relieve cramps and other conditions such as colic or painful menstruation.

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Common name: Cramp Bark, Black Haw, Stagbush, sweet viburnum, guelder-rose, water elder, arrowwood

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Habitat/Cultivation: Cramp Bark grows in woodlands hedges and thickets in Europe, Eastern and North America. It is propagated from seeds sown in Autumn. The Bark and branches are collected in spring and summer when the plant is in flower. It has distinctive red berries.

Parts used: Bark.

Traditional use: Formally used as a sedative remedy for nervous conditions and as an anti-spasmodic in the treatment of asthma. As name indicates its primary medical use is to relieve cramps and other conditions such as colic or painful menstruation.

Constituents: Hydroquinones, coumarins, tannins, Resin.

Actions: Antispasmodic, Sedative, Astringent, nervine.

Medicinal use: Muscle relaxant, ArthritisBack pain breathing difficulties period pains poor circulation. Also used for high blood pressure treatments. Cramp bark may be used to protect from threatened miscarriage. Its astringent properties give it a role in excessive blood loss. (Hoffman 1990) Heart cramp, palpitation, earache, acute bronchitis.(Bartram’s  1998).

Cautions: Eating large amounts of the berries can cause an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhoea.

Research: It has been used for cramps for many years but little research has been produced on this product as there has been confusion on the actual active constituent that it contains.

Dosage & forms:  Decoctions 2 teaspoons of dried bark in water and brought to the boil and left to simmer. To be drank hot 3 times a day. Tincture 4-8ml 3times a day. (Hoffman 1990)

Folk-lore: Cramp bark has a long history of use by Native Americans for gynaecological problems and pain throughout the body, as well as swollen glands and mumps.

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