- What other names is Oak Bark known by?
- What is Oak Bark?
- How does Oak Bark work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Oak Bark.
Oak bark is used as a tea for diarrhea, colds, fever, cough, and bronchitis; for stimulating appetite; and for improving digestion.
Some people apply oak bark directly to the skin in a compress or add it to bath water for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the skin, mouth, throat, genitals, and anal region; and for red itchy skin due to cold exposure (chilblains).
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- Loss of appetite.
- Improving digestion.
- Pain and swelling (inflammation) of the skin, mouth, throat, genitals, and anal region.
- Other conditions.
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Oak bark might be safe for most people when applied directly to the skin for up to 2-3 weeks. When applied to damaged skin or when taken for longer than 2-3 weeks, oak bark is UNSAFE.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of oak bark during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Heart conditions: If you have a heart problem don't use oak bark.
Skin conditions including eczema or large areas of skin damage: Don't take oak bark baths if you have one of these conditions.
A nerve condition that leads to overly tight muscles (hypertonia): Don't take oak bark baths if you have this condition.
Fever or infection: Don't take oak bark baths if you have one of these conditions.
Kidney problems: There is concern that using oak bark might make kidney problems worse. Avoid use.
Liver problems: There is concern that using oak bark might make liver problems worse. Avoid use.
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