May 29, 2016

Oak Bark

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What other names is Oak Bark known by?

Chêne Anglais, Chêne Blanc, Chêne Blanc d'Amérique, Chêne Commun, Chêne Pédonculé, Common Oak, Corteza de Roble, Durmast Oak, Écorce de Chêne, Écorce de Chêne Blanc, Eichenrinde, English Oak, Pedunculate Oak, Quercus alba, Quercus Cortex, Quercus pedunculata, Quercus petraea, Quercus robur, Quercus sessiliflora, Sessile Oak, Stave Oak, Stone Oak, Tanner's Bark, Tanner's Oak, White Oak, White Oak Bark.

What is Oak Bark?

Oak bark is the bark from several types of oak trees. It is used to make medicine.

Oak bark is used as a tea for diarrhea, colds, fever, cough, and bronchitis; for stimulating appetite; and for improving digestion.

Some people apply oak bark directly to the skin in a compress or add it to bath water for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the skin, mouth, throat, genitals, and anal region; and for red itchy skin due to cold exposure (chilblains).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Colds.
  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Improving digestion.
  • Pain and swelling (inflammation) of the skin, mouth, throat, genitals, and anal region.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of oak bark for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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