Overview

Cramp bark is a flowering shrub. It is native to Europe and parts of Africa and Asia. It is also grown in North America and many other parts of the world. The bark of the plant has traditionally been used to relieve cramps. Native Americans also smoked cramp bark as a substitute for tobacco.

Cramp bark is used for cramps, cancer, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency (scurvy), pain and swelling (inflammation) of the uterus (uteritis), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse cramp bark with black haw (Vibernum prunifolium), which is sometimes referred to as cramp bark.

How does it work ?

There isn't enough reliable information to know how cramp bark might work.

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