Cramp bark, guelder rose, bark elder, highbush cranberry.
Key Uses:False laborPainful menstruationPains following laborRecurrent miscarriageThreatened abortion
Origin : Grows wild in Europe and eastern North America.
Background : Native American tribes such as the Meskwaki and the Penobscot used this plant to treat cramps, swollen glands, and mumps.
Preparation : The fresh, young bark is collected in fall, chopped finely, and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Specifically a women’s remedy, Viburnum best suits those who feel depressed, stupid, and disoriented, and are unable to decide where they are or what they should do.
The classic symptom picture for this remedy is of uterine problems, including painful menstruation, false labor, pains following labor, threatened abortion, and recurrent miscarriage. Menstrual pain may be so severe that it feels as if breathing and the heartbeat will stop. Pain extends into the thighs.
Symptoms Better : For open air; for rest; for pressure on the affected area; for moving around.
Symptoms Worse : In the evening; at night; during a snowfall; before menstruation; for fright; for jarring.