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Oak Bark Quercus robur


Family: Fagaceae

---Synonyms---Oak Bark

--Parts Used---Bark

Active Compounds:

Tannins l5-20%, consisting of phlobatannin, ellagitannins and gallic acid.

---Medicinal Actions and Uses---

Astringent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic.

Oak Bark may be used wherever an effective astringent is called for, e.g. diarrhea, dysentery or hemorrhoids. Because of its high percentage of astringent tannins it might be too strong in some situations. As a gargle, the decoction can be used for tonsillitis, pharyngitis and laryngitis. Used as an enema for the treatment of hemorrhoids and as a douche for leucorrhoea. Primarily indicated for use in acute diarrhea, taken in frequent small doses.