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Cramp Bark # / Viburnum opulus


Family:

Caprifoliaceae

Genus:

Viburnum

Species:

opulus

Folk / Common Names:

Guelder Rose, Snowball Tree, European cranberry bush, American cranberry bush,

Actions:

Astringent, Bitter, Antispasmodic, emmenagogue, nervine, sedative

Part(s) Used:

the Bark

Constituents:

Bitter viburnin, valerianic acid, salicosides, resin, tannins. Hydrquinones: arbutin, methylarbutin, and free hydroquinone.Coumarins- scopoletin, esculetin. Trierpenes- oleanic and ursolic acid derivatives. Iridoid glycoside esters. Polyphenolics - astragalin, paeonoside, catechins.

Uses:

In the Ayurvedic system it is said to reduce Vatta and Kapha and increase Pitta. It is a tonic to the uterus, stimulates menstruation and is useful for menstrual cramps and uterine spasms. Because of this it relieves dysmenorrhea.
It can be used to tonify the uterus if there have been previous miscarriages. It can be used bleeding in menopause.
Scopoletin is antispasmodic.

Majikal Uses:

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