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erbal Medicine Materia Medica

Oak Bark

© David L. Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMH

Quercus robur

Part Used: Bark.

Constituents: The whole complex of primary plant constituents and acharacteristic array of secondary plant constituents are present. The 15-20%tannins produce the dominant pharmacological effects.

Actions: Astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic.

Indications: Oak Bark may be used wherever a strong astringent isindicated, for example in unresponsive diarrhoea or dysentery.However, with its high tannin content it might be too strong in somesituations, causing constipation. As a gargle it can be used intonsillitis, pharyngitis and laryngitis. As an enema it isused for the treatment of haemorrhoids and as a douche forleucorrhoea. It is primary indication is acute diarrhoea, taken infrequent small doses.

Preparations & Dosage: Decoction: put l teaspoonful of the bark ina cup of water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for l0-l5 minutes. This canbe drunk three times a day. Tincture: take l-2ml of the tincture three times aday.

About The Author
Whilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary......more
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