Black Haw, Viburnum prunifolium
Parts used: Dried bark of root, stem or trunk.
Constituents: Coumarins, Salicin, viburnin, plant acids, volatile oil, tannin.
Actions: Relaxant, Sedative, Nervine, Anodyne, Anti-spasmodic, Hypotensive, Astringent.
Of the uterus, dysmenorrhoea, threatened miscarriage or abortion, uterine colic, hyperaesthesia, severe lumbar and bearing-down pains, cramp-like, expulsive menstrual pain, intermittent, painful contractions of the pelvic tissues, after-pains and false pains of pregnancy, and obstinate hiccough. Morning sickness, Braxton hicks.
High blood pressure, hypertension. And asthma, bronchitis.
Progesterone deficiency, prophylactic during pregnancy, postpartum and menopausal bleeding, leucorrhoea, heavy periods.
Very strengthening for pregnancy.
Herbal extract: 10-30mL per week.
Energetics: Bitter, astringent, cool, dry.
Meridians: liver, heart, stomach, small intestine.
Contraindications: Do not eat the uncooked fruit.