Common Uses and Applications of Wild Cherry Bark.
- Botanical Information of Black Cherry or Prunus serotina.
- Prunus,the Wild Cherry:Plant Description and Part Introduction.
- Cherry Tree Classfication.
- Phytochemicals and Constituents of the Cherry Bark.
- Common Uses and Applications of Wild Cherry Bark.
- Mechanisms and Pharmacology of Cherry Bark.
- Common Uses of Wild Cherry Parts.
- History and Legend of Cherry Tree.
- Suggestions And Administration Guide of Cherry and Cherry Bark.
- Research Update:Prunus serotina,Cherry Bark,Cherry Fruit.
Common Uses and Applications of Wild Cherry Bark.
Actions and Properties:
Commonly used for irritating cough from bronchitis, croup, asthma and whooping cough. The bitter principle (tannins) may help aid with digestion.Anti-spasmodic;Sedative;Anti-tussive;Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD ),Expectorant;Astringent;Nervine,Supports lung and respiratory function,Antispasmodic, Antitussive, Astringent, Bitter Tonic, Carminative, Expectorant, Sedative, Stomach Tonic.
Indications: Due to its powerful sedative action on the cough reflex, Wild Cherry Bark finds its main use in the treatment of irritating coughs and thus has a role in the treatment of bronchitis and whooping cough. It can be used with other herbs in the control of asthma. It must be remembered, however, that the inhibition of a cough does not equate with the healing of a chest infection, which will still need to be treated. It may also be used as a bitter where digestion is sluggish. The cold infusion of the bark may be helpful as a wash in cases of inflammation of the eyes.
Internal Uses: Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, Cough, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Dyspepsia, Insomnia, Whooping Cough.The root bark has been used as a wash on old sores and ulcers.Wild Cherry bark is best known as a remedy for coughs. Helps dyspepsia due to nerves. The prunasin appears to be what relaxes the reflex to cough.
External Uses: Used externally, Cherry Bark has been included in poultices that may be applied to relieve ulcers and abscesses.
Topical Applications: Inflammation.Eyewash for inflammation.A decoction of the inner bark has been used in the treatment of laryngitis.
Culinary uses: Fruit of Prunus avium (the common cherry readily available in stores) as well as wild cherry is eaten plain, added to pies, jams, juice, liqueurs and wine.
Therapy: The tonic influence of this agent is more markedly apparent when it is administered in disease of the respiratory apparatus of a subacute or chronic character. It is not given during the active period of acute cases, but is of value during the period of convalescence.
Popular use as tea: This fragrant bark is popular in teas and is sometimes used to mask the flavors of other herbs.
Properties and Uses: Used for a hot, dry cough and mild bronchitis in children and adults, makes good syrup, will resoften up bronchial mucus making it easier to expectorate and will keep lungs from drying out; soothing and cooling. Strongest when made by cold infusion.
Prussic acid sedates the sensory nerves which provoke the cough reflex. Because of its sedative properties, it is an effective treatment for bronchitis, whooping cough, and racking coughs from cold as it loosens phlegm in the throat and the chest.
The glycosides and volatile oil contained within Wild Cherry Bark also serve to improve digestion. An infusion of the bark has been used as an astringent in diarrhea or an eyewash when the eyes become inflamed. Wild Cherry may also be helpful against cancer. In 1999, Michigan State University scientists realized that the dark coloring material of wild cherries is a source of anthocyanins. The antioxidant activity in cherries is even greater than that of vitamin E. Wild cherries also contain pain-relieving compounds and a surprisingly high level of melatonin, a hormone previously believed only to be produced by the brain. As Wild Cherry may have anticancer properties, more research is being done at Johns Hopkins University to study the use of cherries in alleviating the pain of cancer.
Figuring in official pharmacopoeias and much used in the Anglo-American tradition, black cherry bark effectively counters chronic dry and irritable coughs. Combined with coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), it treats asthma and whooping cough, "The astringent bark also eases indigestion and the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, especially when these conditions are of nervous origin.
Wild cherry bark has a strong sedating effect on the cough reflex and is particularly useful to treat dry, nonproductive coughs in respiratory conditions. Because of its antispasmodic qualities, it has been used with other herbs to treat asthma. It is given for spasmodic cough to enhance relaxation and resting or at night to reduce cough and enhance sleep. Its astringent properties make it useful as a bitter, taken to stimulate sluggish digestion and the appetite. A cold infusion of wild cherry bark has been noted to soothe eye inflammation.
Black cherry fruits are an important source of mast for many nongame birds, squirrel, deer, turkey, mice and moles, and other wildlife. The leaves, twigs, and bark of black cherry contain cyanide in bound form as the cyanogenic glycoside, prunasin. During foliage wilting, cyanide is released and domestic livestock that eat wilted foliage may get sick or die. Deer eat unwilted foliage without harm.
The bark has medicinal properties. In the southern Appalachians, bark is stripped from young black cherries for use in cough medicines, tonics, and sedatives. The fruit is used for making jelly and wine. Appalachian pioneers sometimes flavored their rum or brandy with the fruit to make a drink called cherry bounce. To this, the species owes one of its names-rum cherry.
Anti Baterica and Worms: Cherry Bark is reputed to have antibacterial, antiviral and a parasiticidal qualities and has been used to destroy and expel parasites and worms from the intestinal system.
Anxiety and Stress:
wild cherry or sweet cherry bark (Prunus serotina) used in many anxiety or stress tea blends is ; it has a mild sedative effect and relieves digestive disorders which result from nervous tension. Be cautious and informed when using wild cherry bark. It can be highly toxic in large doses, due to one of its constituent derivatives, hydrocyanic acid. It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, and should be administered to children only under the guidance of a health care practitioner.
Chronic coughs:Expel phlegm and clear bronchial tubes Cherry Bark is a fine expectorant that helps to loosen and expel phlegm from the throat, lungs and chest, and to clear bronchial tubes. It has been used for centuries to treat pulmonary conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, dry coughs, tuberculosis, scrofula and catarrh. Furthermore, its antitussive, cough controlling qualities have been beneficial in cases of whooping cough, nervous and chronic coughs, colds and influenza, and for that reason, it is, of course, familiar to all of us in cough drops and cough syrups
It is a common remedy in the treatment of chronic coughs, especially those accompanied with excessive expectoration. It is valuable in whooping-cough. The syrup is used as a menstruum for the administration of other remedies in this disease. It is excellent also in reflex cough,the cough of nervous patients without apparent cause. The syrup may be used persistently in phthisis, for the administration of many other agents which seem to be indicated during the course of the disease. Wild cherry is popular in the treatment of mild cases of palpitation, especially those of a functional character, or from reflex causes. Palpitation from disturbed conditions of the stomach is directly relieved by it. It is said to have a direct tonic influence upon the heart when the muscular structure of that organ is greatly weakened, where there is dilatation or valvular insufficiency, especially if induced by prolonged gastric or pulmonary disease.
To quote King's at length: "Wild Cherry Bark has a tonic and stimulating influence on the digestive apparatus, and a simultaneous sedative action on the nervous system and circulation. It is, therefore, valuable in all those cases where it is desirable to give tone and strength to the system, without, at the same time, causing too great an action of the heart and blood vessels, as, during convalescence from pleurisy, pneumonia, acutehepatitis, and other inflammatory and febrile diseases. Its chief property is its power of relieving irritation of the mucous surfaces, making it an admirable remedy in many gastro-intestinal, pulmonic, and urinary troubles. Like Lycopus, it lessens vascular excitement, though it does not control hemorrhages like that agent. It is best adapted to chronic troubles. It is also useful in hectic fever, cough, colliquative diarrhoea, some forms of irritative dyspepsia, whooping-cough, irritability of the nervous system, etc., and has been found an excellent palliative in phthisis, the syrup being employed to moderate the cough, lessen the fever, and sustain the patient's strength.
Condition the Hair:
Wild Cherry Bark: Wild Cherry Bark has properties that makes the hair smooth, silky, and adds body to the hair.
Digestive Benefit: As a tonic for the digestive system, Cherry Bark is believed to be very beneficial in cases of dyspepsia, poor digestion, gastritis, excess flatulence and general indigestion. Its astringent qualities may also help to relieve diarrhea, colitis and dysentery.
Diaphoretic and Toxin Expel: As a diaphoretic, Cherry Bark encourages sweat, and the increased perspiration helps to cool the body, bring down fever and expel toxins through the skin.
Antioxidant properties: Cherry Bark is believed to possess antioxidant properties that may be helpful in the fight against the oxidative damage to cells and tissue caused by free radicals. Its amygdalin content is believed to be the active constituent responsible for this effect.
Mild sedative properties:
The root bark and the aromatic inner bark have expectorant and mild sedative properties and a tea made from either of them has been used to ease pain in the early stages of labour. The tea is also used in the treatment of fevers, colds, sore throats, diarrhea etc. The bark is harvested in the autumn and should not be stored for longer than one year since it quickly loses its medicinal properties. Young thin bark is preferred.
Immune System Support:
Black cherry (Prunus serotina), preferably organic, is an important detoxifying food, juice or concentrate to support immune function. Used with painful inflammatory conditions such as gout and arthritis, black cherry is rich in iron, and powerful antioxidants, including flavonoids and anthocyanins.
Wild Cherry Bark, bark of the tree of Prunus serotina, is a cough reducing remedy, also an expectorant, an astringent, and anti-spasmodic. This makes it a very safe remedy to use at night if somebody is not sleeping because of a cough. Otherwise, suppressing or inhibiting the cough reflex is not a good thing to be doing.
Wild cherry bark is an anti-spasmodic and mild sedative, and used for more serious lung problems, including some pneumonia's. It will sedate a cough, which can be an advantage if the cough is so bad you've been kept up at night. I have used it in herbal cough syrups, when the lack of sleep due to coughing fits has become a problem. What I love about wild cherry bark is that it has survived as one of the last vestiges of old herbal remedies - on the shelves of everyday pharmacies and drug stores...in the form of wild cherry cough drops.
Remedy for dyspepsia:
As a remedy for dyspepsia it has many advocates. It is a tonic to the stomach improving digestion by stimulating the action of the gastric glands. It soothes irritability of the stomach from whatever cause. Although the properties of a nerve sedative are not ascribed to this agent, general nervous irritation is soothed by its administration, nervous irritability of the stomach and of the respiratory organs is allayed, and a tonic influence is imparted to the central nervous system.
Soil Treatment or Pesticidal compositions:United States Patent 7195788
The foliage and stems of plant species from the family Rosaceae, genus Prunus, yield natural pesticides when macerated. Hydrodistillation of macerated plant biomass yields a concentrated solution of organic volatile compounds that act synergistically as a natural pesticide. Volatile compounds liberated from Prunus biomass include 2-propanol, hexanal, trans-2-hexenal, 1-hexanol, cis-3-hexenol, mandelonitrile, benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, benzyl alcohol, hydrocyanic acid and others. These compounds may be removed from the distillate and reformulated to form a standard concentrated solution, with benzaldehyde, mandelonitrile and hydrogen cyanide being the major components. The extracts may be used as a soil treatment or soil fumigant for soil-borne pests. They also may be formulated for application as solutions with or without a surfactant or formulated as powders for foliar treatment. In a particular application, such extracts may be applied to postharvest commodities such as fruits, vegetables, roots, grains and nuts to protect against certain fungi and insects.
Sedative and alleviate nervous dyspepsia: Cherry Bark is considered a mild sedative and has been used to calm irritation, diminish nervous excitability and alleviate nervous dyspepsia. It is said to be soothing to the nervous system and has been used to slow a nervous, rapid heartbeat and help a heart that is characterized by frequent, irregular beats or feeble pulse. The herb is also thought to be helpful for high blood pressure.
Tonify and Strengthening body functions: As a tonic, Cherry Bark has been used to restore and nourish the entire body and exert a gentle strengthening effect on all body functions. It is said to be particularly helpful in cases of convalescent debility and weakness.
A green dye can be obtained from the leaves. A dark grey to green dye can be obtained from the fruit. The bark usually only contains small amounts of tannin, but this sometimes rises to 16%. Wood - firm, compact, satiny grain. Used for turnery, furniture, instruments
- 1.Wild Cherry and Cherry:the Prunus serotina Ehrh and Prunus pseudocerasus Lind,their botanical introductions,common used since ancient epoch.
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