April 30, 2016

Oak Bark

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How does Oak Bark work?

Oak bark contains tannins, which might help treat diarrhea and inflammation.

Are there safety concerns?

Oak bark might be safe for most people when taken for up to 3-4 days for diarrhea. Oak bark can cause serious side effects such as stomach and intestinal problems, and kidney and liver damage.

Oak bark might be safe for most people when applied directly to the skin for up to 2-3 weeks. When applied to damaged skin or when taken for longer than 2-3 weeks, oak bark is UNSAFE.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of oak bark during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Heart conditions: If you have a heart problem don't use oak bark.

Skin conditions including eczema or large areas of skin damage: Don't take oak bark baths if you have one of these conditions.

A nerve condition that leads to overly tight muscles (hypertonia): Don't take oak bark baths if you have this condition.

Fever or infection: Don't take oak bark baths if you have one of these conditions.

Kidney problems: There is concern that using oak bark might make kidney problems worse. Avoid use.

Liver problems: There is concern that using oak bark might make liver problems worse. Avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Oak Bark.

The appropriate dose of oak bark depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for oak bark. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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