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Herb Information
Name: Oak Bark
Biological Name: Quercus robur

Fagaceae

Other Names: Oak Bark
Parts Used: 

Bark (The young bark is carefully pared from the trunk or from branches which are not more than 4 inches thick.)

Active Compounds:  

Tannins l5-20%, consisting of phlobatannin, ellagitannins and gallic acid.

Remedies For

Astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic.

Oak Bark may be used wherever an effective astringent is called for, e.g. diarrhea, dysentery or hemorrhoids. Because of its high percentage of astringent tannins it might be too strong in some situations. As a gargle, the decoction can be used for tonsillitis, pharyngitis and laryngitis. Used as an enema for the treatment of hemorrhoids and as a douche for leucorrhoea. Primarily indicated for use in acute diarrhea, taken in frequent small doses.

Combinations : It is often given with Ginger before meals.

Dosage:

Decoction: Put 1 teaspoonful of the bark in a cup of water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. This can be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: take l-2ml of the tincture three times a day.

Safety: 

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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