Great Natural Remedy for Cramps and Muscle Pain (and more!) (Cramp Bark)

by You Be Healthy

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Jane also does acupunture on me and she is great!

A few months ago I received another great tip from Jane, my Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor.   This time she recommended Cramp Bark for – well – surprise surprise, cramps!  I had never heard of it but off I went to buy this ‘so called’ Cramp Bark.

Once again, I was not disappointed!  Jane’s advice was wonderful and the Cramp Bark dissolved my cramps – WOW!

I also used it after my knee surgery and it really helped relieve the pain.

Note:  You apparently should not use if you have a sensitivity to asprin.

The Low Down on Cramp Bark

Cramp Bark comes from the Highbush Cranberry and likes moist soils and lots of sun. The ripe berries are full of Vitamin C but are poisonous if uncooked!

Cramp Bark aids in menstrual cramps, afterbirth and postpartum pains.  It apparently can help prevent miscarriage as well.  It is used to relieve muscle spasms or tense muscles.  Here is more detail taken from Answers.com:

Cramp bark is presently used to relieve any overly tense muscle or muscle spasm of the body. This includes the muscles of the uterus, air passages, intestines, arms, legs, and back. In addition, it can be used to prevent muscle tension and pain. Cramp bark is also used to treat symptoms that are associated with excess muscle tension, including menstrual pain caused by uterine muscle contractions, and breathing difficulties associated with asthma. Colic, spastic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and the physical indications of nervous tension are also treated with cramp bark.

Cramp bark has also been used to treat hysteria, nervous complaints, debility, convulsions, fits, lockjaw, heart palpitation, tension headaches, spasmodic stricture (narrowing of a passage), bladder muscle spasms, high blood pressure, rheumatism, circulatory problems, and heart disease. It is effective in treating cases of arthritis in which joint pain and weakness have led to severe muscle contractions. Cramp bark relaxes the muscles, allowing improvement in blood circulation that can return normal function to the arthritic joints.

Cramp bark is used to treat excessive blood loss during menstruation and menopause, and to induce menstruation in women with light or delayed periods. A woman may treat dysmenorrhea prophylactically (before symptoms appear) by taking cramp bark the day before painful menstruation is expected. Cramp bark is also used to treat endometriosis and threatened miscarriage.

You can buy it online or at most health food stores.

To YOUR health,

Kim

You Be Healthy

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