Latin Name: Viburnum Opulus
Common Names: Cramp Bark
Cramp bark got its name exactly because it is good for cramps. It has had so much popular use as a medicine over the centuries that its common name reflects exactly what it has been used for.
Cramp bark is perhaps most thought of as a womens herb for helping with painful menstruation but it is worth noting that there are lots of other traditional uses that show it has a general effect on spasm and tension elsewhere in the body. For example Cramp bark has been historically used for migraine, asthma, biliary colic (from gall stones), renal colic (from kidney stones), and numerous different kinds of indigestion or bowel disturbances where cramp is the key feature.