The names given to a lot of these popular believed herbal remedies or "supplements" are an obvious indication of what they are used for in my observation. For example, this Cramp Bark is primarily used by herbalist for dealing with cramps and spasms of any nature, hints its name. Another pattern I've noticed is it seems phytochemist tend to name the believed main phytochemical after the scientific name of the plant. I haven't noticed this with every herb but it is common. This botanical has quite a few other common names that it goes by as well.
No one likes to put up with an annoying cramp. Fortunatly there are a lot of natural ways to that alternative practitioners believe can deal with them according to the widsom passed down from many cultures. It's applied topically to the affected area, and soaks into the skin, taking effect. Something my girlfriend and I came up with at the time, was she had this Aloe Vera cream, and we would take a decoction(boiled tea) made from Cramp Cark and add it to the cream and them mix it up. The results were basically Aloe Vera topical cream laced with Viburnum opulus extract! You could also take a tincture of it and apply it directly to the effected area. The great thing about this is you have the added bonus fo the alcohol in the mixture working.
Due to the phytochemicals produced by the plant, the herb itself is thought to possess anti-spasmodic, astringent, and sedative effects, especially in the uterus. It's also used by herbalists to relieve menstrual cramps and spasms after childbirth as well as to prevent miscarriages. Another more un-common use of the bark is for asthma and nervous tension. For this, it's usually infused with others like Mullein leaf, for example. Consult with a doctor prior never the less! As far as a DIY concotion or whatever you'd choose to call it, I prefer to boil the root for a while covered, and then add that to a tincture made by soaking the root in alcohol for at least a month. For some reason this to me seems like the best preparation.
Glucoside Viburnine, tannin, resin,valerianic acid, Flavonoids, alkaloids, essential oils, tannins, terpenoids, saponins(claimed and or speculated to be oneirogenic by some) and phenolic compounds .
Dosages: Fluid Extracts are easily made with water/alcohol. 1/2 to 2 drachms is recommended. A drachm is a term used for fluid measurement. One eighth of a fluid ounce is equal to one drachm. An eighth is also equal to 3.5 grams in that unit. This supplement should only be used with the supervision and permission of a trained healthcare provider. Something that I've noticed is that different harvest can have totally different potency. This is very apprent when dealing with Cannabis. So any given extract might be stronger or weaker than the previous. It's important to know your source and potency! I strive to promote only vendors who have the best of the best here.
Cramp bark or (Viburnum opulus) has been studied for its potential anti-cancer and anti-bacterial properties. We all have the basic human right to believe what we want. I believe that these plants DO what people have always believed they do. I'm not going to state this as a fact though, and I want people to understand this. I'm not bias on this site and do try to share potential hazards associated with blindly using certain plants and supplements. Please consider interactions because they are likely the most potential for danger when consuming supplements. Anyway, because of these studies, I use this bark in home made DIY infusions which I clean with. I have a Native American female friend who is an expert in taking my mixtures and making them smell nice too. She adds lemon peel and lavender to just about everything.
There are numerous believed natural remedies for cramps and other related conditions, of course to follow regulations I'm not aloud to say what I believe and must down play it. There are phytochemical studies on the active pharmacological chemical constituents that these herbs produce though. Chamomile, and Raspberry Leaf are just a couple of examples of other botanicals which herbalists believe share similar if not the same properties. Below I will discuss a bit on the science behind the art of natural healing.
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Botanical: Scientific Name; Viburnum opulus
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