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Wild cherry is a favorite herb in teas, syrups, and tinctures for coughs and colds. Mix it with elderberries for their powerful antiviral and immune-enhancing properties. Mix it with elecampane for those tenacious lingering coughs. For deep bronchial infection, mix wild cherry bark with elecampane and pleurisy root; this triple-powered blend will heal most deep-seated bronchial infections. The specific indications of Prunus are a continual irritative cough with profuse muco-purulent expectoration; cardiac palpitation, from debility; dyspnea; pyrexia; loss of appetite; and cardiac pain. Prunus strongly sedates the cough reflex. For this reason, the primary use for Prunus is to allay irritated coughs.
Wild Cherry Bark (Black Cherry)
Antitussive, Astringent, Expectorant, Sedative, Tonic
Prolonged use > cyanogenic glycosides
Infusion: 1 tsp dried bark/cup, 1 cup TID. Tincture: (1:5), 2-4 ml TID.