Cramp Bark

Cramp Bark

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Cramps, Muscle spasms, Menstrual cramps, Cramps during pregnancy, Cancer, Hysteria, Nervous disorders, A disease caused by vitamin C deficiency (scurvy).

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Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) — also known as guelder rose, highbush cranberry, and snowball tree — is a tall, flowering shrub with red berries and clusters of white flowers.

Native to Europe, it also grows well in the United States and Canada.Cramp bark is a flowering shrub. It is native to Europe and parts of Africa and Asia. It is also grown in North America and many other parts of the world. The bark of the plant has traditionally been used to relieve cramps. Native Americans also smoked cramp bark as a substitute for tobacco.

Cramp bark is used for cramps, cancer, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency (scurvy), pain and swelling (inflammation) of the uterus (uteritis), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse cramp bark with black haw (Vibernum prunifolium), which is sometimes referred to as cramp bar.In North America you will find this 8 to 12 foot deciduous shrub in much of woodlands of the eastern United States. Viburnum is known as Kalyna in the Ukraine and is very much a part of their folk tradition pictured in embroidery work, mentioned in folk songs, and in Slavic mythology.

One of the earliest documented examples of adulteration in botanical medicine in the US occurred with this plant. The bark was made official in the U.S. Pharmacopeia in 1894 and was included in the National Formulary in 1916. Widespread adulteration by mountain maple (Acer spicatum) and other Viburnum species led to confusion about the correct source plant. A later review surveyed the botanical, chemical, and pharmacological differences between black haw and cramp bark.

Possible side effects include:

  • When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if cramp bark is safe to use or what the side effects might be.
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if cramp bark is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.

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For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.