Cramp Bark/Viburnum Opulus
Cramp Bark is the bark of a shrub in the honeysuckle family that grows throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. It is tradition to harvest the bark of this plant prior the changing of it’s leaves in the fall season. The medicinal properties of this bark have been known around the world for thousands of years. As its name would suggest, its primary use is for relaxing cramping muscles. For that reason, Cramp Bark has found itself useful for hundreds of years in the treatment of woman’s menstrual cramps and post birth muscle spasms in the uterus. It has even been used to prevent miscarriage by relaxing the muscles of the uterus during preterm childbirth. In woman’s health this bark is especially useful as it can not only relax muscles, but improve blood flow, even helping the body flush out toxins from the uterus when used during menstruation. Cramp Bark is a much healthier choice in the treatment of painful menstruation cycles over pharmaceutical medicines that can be quite harsh on the liver. In fact Cramp Bark also acts as a mild diuretic, helping the kidney and gallbladder to flush out calcium build up! While Cramp Bark is a must have for woman’s health, its antispasmodic(muscle relaxing) qualities make it useful for everyone! Cramp Bark can be a great medicinal for anyone experiencing muscle cramps. It can relax all muscles, even striated muscles(muscles that are attached to the skeleton), for a deep relaxation. For that reason it also is useful as a mild sedative, reducing stress and anxiety. It is also useful for reducing cramping in the stomach and intestinal tract. It’s so awesome to offer this herb to those who may have a need and hope it serves you all well!
Health Benefits/Traditional uses:
Used in the prevention of miscarriage in combination with other medicines such as partridge berry, vitex, and wild yam, reducing contractions in those that are experiencing cramps and contractions; however, it is important to be under the care of a trained specialist while using these particular herbs, for prevention of miscarriage to prevent possible health complications.
Poor circulation and Headaches. Relaxing the muscles all through the body, Cramp Bark helps improve blood flow, and helps reduce the symptoms of tension headaches.
Mild Sedative. Relaxing muscles, removing nervous tension, and reducing anxiety, Cramp Bark can be considered a sedative.
Diuretic. As a muscle relaxing diuretic, Cramp Bark can help relax the muscles of the urinary tract and stimulate the kidneys and gallbladder, helping to release gallstones and kidney stones.
Traditional Preparations and Dosage:
Tea: Cramp Bark is most used as a tea taken internally. This can be done by steeping 3 to 5 grams of the bark in an 8 oz cup of hot water.
Decoction: By boiling Cramp Bark with water for about 10 to 15 minutes. Apply directly to sore muscles.
Like all herbal medicinal over use can be dangerous. It is important to respect the medicines our mother nature gives us, because the same things that can heal use can be dangerous when used too much try the smallest dosage until you know how well this herb works with your body.
For those that are pregnant or breastfeeding, use of Cramp Bark should be avoided. Seek the guidance of your medical specialist before using Cramp Bark.
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