Working with Wild Cherry
Wild cherry bark has a long history of use as an ingredient in cough syrups and is used particularly for dry, nonproductive, and irritating coughs and pleurisy. It is also beneficial for nervous dyspepsia and lack of appetite. Wild cherry contains prunasin, a cyanogenic glycoside, which gives it its antispasmodic and sedative properties, but might make it toxic in large amounts or when taken for longer than several weeks. The remedy is especially indicated for dry, chronic cough with deficiency or productive cough with yellow sputum.
The bark should be used as freshly dried as possible. Soak 4 ounces of the bark in 4 ounces of water for several hours, strain, sweeten with a little honey, and take 2-3 teaspoonfuls, 2-3 x daily. Make a decoction by simmering 4 grams of the bark in 4 ounces of water for a few minutes; let steep for 15 minutes, strain, sweeten to taste, and drink 1/2 cup, 2-3 x daily. As a tincture, put a teaspoon in a little water and sip on it throughout the day.
Wild Cherry has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of COOL.
Conditions treated with Wild Cherry
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