Monday, February 24, 2014
It can be useful for treating arthritis in cases where joint weakness and pain have caused the muscles to contract until they become rigid. Cramp bark brings relief by relaxing the muscle allowing blood flow to return to the area and remove waste products such as lactic acid.
What I use it for mostly in our house in menstrual cramping. A 1/2 tsp of tincture taken in water at the first sign of cramps usually does the trick. It can also be taken as a decoction (simmered gently in water for 20 minutes) a half cup two to three times a day. This is not a very pleasant tasting herb, it very bitter and astringent tasting but honey can be added to sweeten things up.
For other muscle tension it can be used externally in a compress or as a lineament. It can also be used as a relief for night cramps in the leg or feet alone or combined with Lobelia inflate.