Wild Cherry

Also indexed as:Cherry (Wild), Prunus serotina
Wild Cherry: Main Image © Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Prunus serotina

How It Works

Wild cherry bark contains cyanogenic glycosides, particularly prunasin. These glycosides, once broken apart in the body, act to relieve choughs by quelling spasms in the smooth muscles lining bronchioles.2 Although wild cherry is a commonly used ingredient in cough syrups, there are no published clinical trials in humans to support its use for this indication.

How to Use It

Wild cherry tincture or syrup, 2–4 ml three to four times per day, is sometimes recommended for coughs.3

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