English Name: Cramp bark
Latin Name: Viburnum opulus
What is Cramp bark?
Cramp bark is a shrub with green leaves. Red berries grow from the plant, which is native to Asia and Europe. 22 According to author Anthony J. Cichoke, American Indian tribes such as the Iroquois, Shuswap, and Ojibwa used the berries as food. 23
Medicinal Uses of Cramp bark
Cramp bark has traditionally been used to relax the uterus and contains a muscle-relaxing compound called viopudial. 24 This herb acts by blocking a spasm-inducing enzyme. 25
Author Joseph Collins says in his book, Discover Your Menopause Type, that cramp bark has sedative properties, can reduce blood pressure, and can be used in menopause. 26
According to the book, 20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature’s Healing Herbs, cramp bark can be helpful for women who have discomfort in their lower body during PMS and menstruation. 27
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