Information on Pine Bark

Latin NameTsuga canadensis
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsA large conifer, growing to 80 feet or more. The leaves are 3/8 of an inch long and needle-like, and the small cones are 3/4 of an inch long.
AffectsPine Bark
CautionsAvoid large doses.
DescriptionThe pine bark that is common in the herb trade is actually a hemlock, Tsuga canadensis. It is aromatic, resinous, and astringent and is used in teas to help relieve symptoms of bladder infections, colitis with diarrhea, and to help sweat out a cold caused by exposure to damp and cold weather. As a gargle or mouthwash, it is useful to help reduce symptoms such as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and laryngitis. The tea has a piney, resinous flavor and helps to cut phlegm and increase local circulation to speed healing.

This herb has a temperature of WARM.


Decoction4-8 grams daily

Ailments Treated by Pine Bark

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Gum problems, generalastringenttea as a mouthwash
Colds, acuteexpectorant, respiratory stimulanttea
Bladder infectionurinary antiseptictea