Cramp bark, or guelder rose, or snowball tree, exhibits antispasmodic, sedative, nervine, and astringent actions on the body. It can be used to help support menstrual cramps, PMS, threatened miscarriage, and asthma. The biochemical constituents include hydroquinones, arbutin, coumarins, tannins, and catechins, while the bodily systems affected are the liver, lungs, heart, and the small intestine.
Cramp bark can be useful for the cramps and discomfort of menstruation and other uterine problems. Its near relative black haw (Viburnum pntnifolium) is even more prized. Either or both are combined with false unicorn root (Chatnaelirium luteum) for the general support for all female reproductive disorders. Besides its general tonic effect upon the uterus and the regulation of the menstrual cycle, it is also effective for threatened miscarriage.
Another good acute formula for the support for menstrual cramps, PMS and convulsions is equal parts cramp bark or black haw with ginger and angelica root and three parts chamomile flowers.
Because of its general nervine and sedative properties, it is a good acute product for heart palpitations and joint pain. Cramp bark can also be used as an antispasmodic in supporting asthma.
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