Cherry Bark Prunus serotina


Wild Cherry: Prunus serotina 

Family: Rosaceae

Descriptive Characteristics

 Common tree-bark of tree is used, Flower- white in spring, Bark-Smooth when young, horizontal elongated lenticels. Small cherries fruit in the summer, black when ripe 

Constituents

Anthocyanins (cyanidin-3-O-glucoside, cyanidin) Phenolic and antioxidant compounds, nitrates, and cyanide, nitrites

Therapeutic Actions

Sedative, expectorant, astringent, antitussive. Primarily used for coughs, whooping cough, lung problems. diarrhea, digestive disorders, pain and cancer

Formulary

Liquid extract

Orally: 5 to 10 drops, 2-3x daily

Research

Not for long term use or for use when pregnant: prunasin may be a teratogen. In large amounts, can lead to fatal poisoning. 

May inhibit the cytochrome pathway and may increase the drugs metabolized