Traditional Use: Historically, Native Americans used cramp bark as medicine for reducing swollen glands and treating fluid retention, mumps, and eye disorders. They also smoked cramp bark as a substitute for tobacco.
Common Use: 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.
Dispensing: Uterine spasmolytics such as cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) and black haw (Viburnum prunifolium) can be given in repeated doses every 15 minutes with 2 to 3 mL of these herbs over a 2- to 3-hour period.
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