- What other names is Cramp Bark known by?
- What is Cramp Bark?
- How does Cramp Bark work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Cramp Bark.
mumps, and eye disorders. They also smoked cramp bark as a substitute for tobacco.
These days, the bark and root bark of this plant are still used to make medicine. As the name suggests, cramp bark is used for relieving cramps, including muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, and cramps during pregnancy. Cramp bark is also used as a kidney stimulant for urinary conditions that involve pain or spasms.
Some people use cramp bark for cancer, hysteria, infection, nervous disorders, a vitamin-deficiency condition called scurvy, and pain and swelling (inflammation) of the uterus (uteritis). Cramp bark is also used to increase urine flow and to cause vomiting, emptying of the bowels, and sleepiness.
Don't confuse cramp bark with black haw (Vibernum prunifolium), which is sometimes referred to as cramp bark.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Muscle spasms.
- Menstrual cramps.
- Cramps during pregnancy.
- Nervous disorders.
- Use as a kidney stimulant in urinary conditions which involve pain or spasms.
- Other conditions.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of cramp bark during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011