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.
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
Phenolics, Triterpenes, Volitile oil, Fatty acidis, Hydroxycinnamic Acid Derivatives
stable, heavy, slow, dry
Class 1: herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately,
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)