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Wild Cherry Bark Tea Benefits have been well-known to several civilizations since the days of old. The Native Americans used wild cherry bark tea made from the inner bark to relieve labor pains, lung problems and diarrhea. Meanwhile, Chinese physicians prescribed the tea for coughs.
The cherry tree is officially known as prunus serotina. It is a tree that reaches up to 30 meters tall. It has oblong or ovate leaves and small white flowers growing in lateral racemes. It has rough bark and has a spherical, dark purple fruit that ripens during the late summer and autumn.
Wild cherry bark is the part that is made into tea. The bark has the following active constituents: Acetylcholine, HCN, kaempferol, p-coumaric acid, prunasin, quercetin, scopoletin and tannins. Much of the healing activity of wild cherry bark is said to be associated with scopoletin.