History and background
Cramp bark is a well-known medicinal herb with an interesting history. It wasn’t until 1894 that the bark was officially added to the US Pharmacopeia, but the plant’s usage dates back a whole lot further than that.
During the 1800s, the cramp bark was found to have medicinal benefits, most notably the ability to relieve muscle tension (hence the nickname). In the 19th century, physicians widely used it to aid in childbirth, and it became a go-to remedy for all kinds of muscle aches, pains and irregularities.
The viburnum opulus shrub itself served other purposes. Growing as high as 12 feet, the plant also sprouts berries, which were used as a food source for centuries. The history of the plant can be traced back over 1,000 years, particularly in Russian and Ukrainian culture.
How to use cramp bark
Cramp bark is used in alternative medicine for various purposes, most notably to help relieve pain from cramps. When consumed as part of a tea or as a tincture, cramp bark is believed to address muscle tension, allowing it to help control all kinds of aches, pains and, of course, cramps.
It can also be infused with oils to create a topical lotion. Applied to the skin, this could help ease muscle or joint pain in an isolated area.Contact Us
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Frequently Asked Questions
There is no evidence to suggest that consuming cramp bark will result in side effects. However, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you’re advised to speak to a doctor first.
No, there’s no evidence of this occurring. If you’re on existing medication, taking cramp bark shouldn’t cause any problems. If you’re in any doubt however, always consult your doctor.