Viburnum. Viburnum opulus.

Botanical name: 

Related entry: Viburnum prunifolium

Synonyms—Cramp Bark, High Cranberry, High-bush Cranberry.

Fluid Extract High Cranberry. Dose, from ten to thirty minims.

Specific Symptomatology—The specific influence of the agent is exercised in relieving irregular spasmodic pains of the womb and ovaries. It is antispasmodic in its action upon the entire pelvic viscera, influencing spasmodic contractions of the muscular structure of the bladder, and spasmodic stricture to a limited extent.

One of its specific indications is pain from the pelvic organs which begin in the back, extending through to the loins and down the thighs. This is corrected with twenty drops every hour or two. If this is accompanied with severe or profuse menstruation with a sensation of dragging weight in the back, the pains extending clear around the body, a drop or two of cimicifuga or ten drops of helonias with every dose will relieve the pain.

Therapy—Given prior to labor it is a partus preparator of much value, but its action is limited largely to its antispasmodic influence upon erratic pains. It is given with much benefit in severe after-pains, in hysterical conditions, with convulsive phenomena, and in spasmodic dysmenorrhea. It is of advantage in that it prevents miscarriage., but to an extent greatly inferior to viburnum prunifolium, which agent, in fact, fully covers the field of operation of this agent, except in its anti-spasmodic influence.

The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, 1919, was written by Finley Ellingwood, M.D.
It was scanned by Michael Moore for the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.