Information on Black Haw

Latin NameViburnum prunifolium
Other NamesStag bush
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsTinctures, capsules, bulk herb.
AffectsReproductive system
CautionsAvoid large doses if you have kidney stones. In large doses it can cause nausea and vomiting in sensitive individuals.
Botanical InfoA spreading deciduous shrub or small tree with striking snow-white snowflake umbrella-like flowering parts..
DescriptionBlack haw is a uterine tonic used for threatened miscarriage and is often combined with blue cohosh. It is a specific for dysmenorrhea with such symptoms as uterine cramps before and during menstruation, and it is also used after childbirth for pain and bleeding. Black haw contains scopoletin, a constituent with strong uterine sedative properties. It can be used as a tea for diarrhea due to irritable bowel conditions, because of its astringent and antispasmodic actions.

Black Haw has a taste of ASTRINGENT, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Powder2-4 OO caps 2 x daily
Decoction1 cup 2 x daily
Tincture2 drpfl 3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Black Haw

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Miscarriage, threatenedantispasmodictincture, tea
Menstrual crampsuterine tonictincture, tea


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