Viburnum opulus is a deciduous shrub that hails from the Adoxaceae family. Commonly, it is named ‘guilder rose’ and its bark is highly prized due to the phytochemicals it contains.
Viburnum opulus is characterized by its pearl white flowers showcasing the idea of corymbs (where the lower stalks are comparatively longer the ones above them). The leaves are tri-lobed, big and broad with a wavy margin.
This plant has traditionally been used for its berries as a source of food. Cramp bark is brimmed with methyl salicylate proanthocyanidin, viopudial, and polysaccharides that can bring wonders to one’s health. It is quite fruitful for women’s health due to its analgesic properties. Cramp bark not only regulates the menstrual cycle but also aids in reducing the cramps associated with menstruation.
Cramp bark also caters to the pain related to pregnancy and halts muscle spasms. With recent researches, cramp bark is molded into medicines to counter the urinary tract infections, associated with pain and spasms.
Cramp bark is also hailed as the hero of the herbal world due to its stellar job at ameliorating hysteria and other nervous disorders. Also, this bark has taken it way too far at arresting the proliferation of cells related to cancer.