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Plant Family: 

Adoxaceae Family


Habitat & Cultivation: 

Viburnum opulus is native to North America and is found throughout the northeastern part of the United States, it is known among tribes for its medicinal properties.  


Parts Used/Collection: 



Herbal Actions: 

Antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, hypotensive, nervine/mild sedative, parturifacient, peripheral vasodilator, uterine relaxant (Upton, 2000; Mills & Bone, 2005). As discussed in the lesson for this week, crampbark is more generally antispasmodic and tends to be more of a uterine relaxant (I think? Not sure if I understood this slide correctly).  Crampbark is used more generally in pregnancy for muscular tension but can be helpful as a uterine relaxant as well.  A great example of its use more generally is with hypertension where it will promote relaxation in the blood vessel wall.



  • Increasing UCs in labor
  • Promote menstrual flow

  • Lower HR and BP

  • Increase blood coagulability


No contraindications or drug interactions known


Plant Constituents: 

Phenolics, Triterpenes, Volitile oil, Fatty acidis, Hydroxycinnamic Acid Derivatives


System Affinities:

  • Nervine

  • Cardiovascular

  • Musculoskeletal




stable, heavy, slow, dry


Class 1: herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately, 


Personal Experience: 

I used the crampbark tincture to alleviate my cramps during my cycle. It has been a great help with the discomfort and pain. 



American Botanical Council. (1990). Crampbark


Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Healing Arts Press: Vermont.


Mills, S., & Bone, K. (2005). The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. 


Romm, A. (2010). Botanical medicine for women's health. St. Louis, Mo: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.


Crampbark (Viburnum opulus)

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