Black Haw

Latin name: Viburnum prunifolium
Other names: American sloe, stag bush, sweet viburnum

What is Black Haw?
Black haw is a small deciduous tree native to North America. The dried bark of black haw has been used medicinally for centuries. Native Americans used decoctions of black haw to treat menstrual cramps, aid recovery after childbirth, and to relieve the symptoms of menopause.

What are the health benefits of Black Haw?
Today black haw bark is still used as a uterine tonic herb that eases the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort. Additionally, black haw is used to lower blood pressure in hypertension and as an anti-spasmodic for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and other lung diseases.

Black haw is thought to be an effective muscle relaxant, due to its content of salicin, an active component that is chemically similar to aspirin; it is sometimes used to relieve lower back pain and other muscular pains.

Are there any precautions for taking Black Haw?

Because black haw contains salicin, people who are allergic to aspirin should not use it. As with all herbs, it is best to consult a licensed practitioner or physician.

Where can I find Black Haw?

Black haw can be found in health food stores, at herbal apothecaries, and online.

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