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Cramp Bark

Cramp bark (Viburnum Opulus)


Also referred to as Viburnum Opulus, Cramp bark is a herb that is derived from the bark of wild Guelder Rose, which is a native tree that is prevalent in North America and parts of Europe and Asia. It has been used by many communities in America, Asia and Europe for treating different types of cramps and spasms. One defining property of Cramp bark is that it is antispasmodic and sedative , thus helping  in curbing nearly every type of cramp and spasm that has being attacking man ever since time immemorial. Among the medical uses of Cramp bark includes.


Medicinal uses

  • Treating cramps and spasms: Just like the name suggests, Cramp back has for long provided an ideal herbal solution for cramps and spasms. It has anti-spasmodic qualities that give it the ability to heal smoothen and striated muscles. It has also provided an ideal remedy for tensions in the muscles alongside relieving pain. For women who are experiencing menstruation cramps, Cramp back is the best to relieve painful menstruation. In addition to curbing menstruation cramps, Cramp bark is also effective in countering stomach, liver and gallbladder cramps.
  • Treating kidney stones and other types of kidney disorders: Cramp back has also been used for treating kidney stones and other types of kidney disorders. While treating kidney stones, Cramp bark is used for breaking the salts stones that form in the kidneys and which are the main cause of kidney stones. It further dissolves these salt stones thus completely eliminating kidney stones. It also has the ability to eliminate the inflammation of the kidney linings, which is also linked to kidney disorders. Cramp bark is also ideal for relieving pain that comes along with kidney stones and other kidney infections.
  •  Treating urinary tract infections: Cramp bark is also an ideal herbal remedy for urinary infections. It has the ability to heal the lining of the urinary tract, alongside widening the urine canals. This way one is in able to pass out urine with ease. In addition to healing urinary tract infections, Cramp bark is also used for countering the pain that is caused by urinary infections. Cramp bark is also effective in treating frequent urination, which is also among the many types of bladder disorders that it has ability to heal.
  • Treating cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure: Cramp bark also offer an ideal herbal remedy for cardiovascular ailments and high blood pressure. It has the ability to reduce the clogging of the blood vessels by fats and amino acids, thus enhancing blood circulation in all parts of the body. It also helps in relaxation of cardiovascular system thus preventing one from experiencing high blood pressure.


Dosage and administration

However effective Cramp back is in healing a variety of ailments, there is need to administer it in required dosages lest it cause some negative effects to the body. For those that are suffering from muscle, stomach and menstruation cramps, they are required to take a decoction of 1 teaspoon in every cup of water. For those that are suffering from urinary infections, they are supposed to take a decoction of one cup of water, mixed with 1.5 tablespoon of powdered Cramp bark. 


Parts used

As stated earlier along, it is the bark of wild Guelder Rose that is used for providing herbal solutions to various ailments. It is dried and used while it is in powdered form. The berries of Guelder Rose can also be used to provide similar herbal remedies just like the Cramp bark. Nevertheless, they are also supposed to be used in proper dosages.



There a number of health benefits linked to Cramp bark. Key among them is that, it is among the best female regulators. Cramp bark is also ideal for preventing nervousness and discomforts that women are subject to experiencing during pregnancy. It also helps in relaxation of ovaries and uterus, alongside being a uterine sedative. In addition, Cramp bark has also provided an ideal herbal remedy for many skin conditions.


Side Effects

Apparently, there have been no proven side effects linked to Cramp bark. Nevertheless, women who are pregnant and breastfeeding are discouraged from using Cramp bark. In addition, doctors have maintained that, Cramp bark is supposed to be taken in right dosages for overusing it might lead to further health complications.




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