herbals bayberry

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Bayberry

Scientific:Myrica cerifera
Other:Bayberry, Wax Myrtle

Indications

Bayberry is primarily used for inflammatory and infectious conditions of the mucous membranes:

Gastrointestinal
• colitis producing mucous and colic
• inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
• infectious diarrhea

Oral-esophageal
• acute and chronic infections (as a gargle)
• ulcerations of the mucous membranes
gingivitis
• URTI
strep throat
• apthous stomatitis

Vaginal
• leukorrhea with mucous and bleeding
vaginitis
vaginal infections
• sexually transmitted infections (STI)

Actions

astringent
antiinflammatory
antimicrobial
expectorant
sialogogue

Constituents

• Tannins
• Terpenoids
• Gum
• Resin

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 40% EtOH): 1-2 ml tid
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 45% EtOH): 0.6-2 ml tid
• Decoction (Bark): 0.6-2.0g tid

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

References

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Barnes J, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines, 3rd ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 2007.

Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

Bone K. A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs: Herbal Formulations for the Individual Patient. St Louis, MO: Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

Brinker F. The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines, 3rd ed. Sandy, Oregon: Eclectic Medical Publications, 2000.

Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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