|Other:||Cramp Bark; Black Haw|
Coumarins possess significant antispasmodic effects against smooth muscles and to a lesser degree skeletal muscles.
• menstrual complaints associated with cramping of smooth muscles
- spasmodic dysmenorrhea
- menstrual irregularity with associated thigh and muscle pain
• partus preparator
- false labour pains with threat of miscarriage
- morning sickness
• vasodilating properties make it useful in vascular diseases (traditional use)
- Buerger's disease
• Coumarins (e.g. scopoletin)
• Salicyclate (salicin) †
• Tincture (1:5 in 40% EtOH): 4-8 ml tid
• Decoction (dry herb): 2 tsp tid
† Cautions: Salicyclate (aspirin) sensitivity, children (Reye's syndrome).
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