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Actions: Anti-spasmodic, nervine, hypotensive, astringent. Indications: Black Haw is very similar to Cramp Bark, to which it is closely related. Due to its anti-spasmodic properties, it is excellent for the muscular pain and cramping in fibromyalgia. It is a powerful relaxant of the uterus and is used for dysmenorrhoea, false labor pains as well as in threatened miscarriage. Its relaxant and sedative actions explain its power in reducing blood pressure in hypertension, which happens through a relaxation of the peripheral blood vessels.
It may be used as an anti-spasmodic in the treatment of asthma. The condition for which black haw is most valued is that of threatened abortion. It is the most prompt drug in the materia medica to check abortion, provided the membranes have not ruptured. In all cases of habitual abortion it should be given in small doses for a considerable length of time.
Preparations & Dosage:
Decoction: put 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried bark in a cup of water, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.
Tincture: take 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of the tincture three times a day.