The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce
Wild Cherry Bark

Botanical Name: Prunus serotina

Common Names and Synonyms: Chokecherry

Background: The wild cherry tree can grow 50 to 80 feet tall.  The leaves are 2 to 5 inches long, finely serrated and smooth. Clusters of  pale white flowers  are followed by round, red to purple-black, sour-tasting cherries. In young trees the bark is reddish-brown.  In older trees the trunks can range from 2 to 4 feet in diameter. The bark is black, aromatic and rough, and naturally separates from the trunk. The bark is harvested in the autumn and the freshly stripped bark has the scent of almonds, which dissipates once carefully dried in the shade.  Native Americans used wild cherry bark for treating diarrhea and pulmonary problems.  Settlers found it helpful in making cough syrup and in external applications as a poultice for treating ulcers and abscesses.  Today, herbalists still use wild cherry bark for respiratory problems as an expectorant and remedy for all catarrhal conditions.  It is also highly regarded as a digestive aid.

Wild Cherry in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended wild cherry bark for pulmonary conditions and as an aid to digestion. It was also noted for its role in cleansing and building blood.
  • Various amounts of wild cherry bark was recommended with the following frequency:
      2 ounces 101 readings
      4 ounces 51 readings
      6 ounces 34 readings
      1 ounce 18 readings
      8 ounces 18 readings
      3 ounces 15 readings
      1/2 ounce 7 readings 
      1 1/2 ounces 3 readings 
      5 ounces  3 readings
      16 ounces 3 readings
      2 1/2 ounces 1 reading 
  • In several readings wild cherry was recommended as either an essence, syrup, tincture, or fluid extract as follows:
      1/2 ounce 17 readings
      1 ounce 15 readings
      2 ounces 9 readings
      1/4 ounce 3 readings
      1 1/2 ounce 1 reading
      6 ounces 1 reading
      96 ounces 1 reading
      1/2 pint 1 reading
      20 minims 2 readings
      40 minims  1 reading
      20 minims  2 readings
  • Wild cherry was typically recommended with other substances in a compound.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances in mentioned in the same readings as wild cherry are as follows:
      Tolu  214 readings
      Sarsaparilla 211 readings
      Yellow Dock 175 readings
      Calisaya 132 readings
      Stillingia 105 readings
      Burdock Root  88 readings
      Elder Flower 85 readings
      Buchu Leaves 84 readings
      Sassafras 81 readings
      Mandrake 77 readings
Cayce Quotes on Wild Cherry Bark

    The first ingredient, the Wild Cherry Bark, is a direct activative force upon the pneumogastrics and the pulmonary system.

    Wild cherry bark is an expectorant and a purifier as combined especially with other ingredients for the blood supply.

    The taking of those properties indicated for the allaying of cold and congestion - as in the cherry, the horehound - will not only aid digestion but stimulate the circulation for the upper portion of the head and through the bronchial area, thus giving a better flow of circulation for the throat and the gums...

    The active principle from the wild cherry bark, with the other ingredients, is a stimulation to the lungs, throat and bronchials, and those organs above the diaphragm.

    To this we would add Wild Cherry Bark (this is to act as an active force with the gastric juices of the stomach, as well as a carrier for the rest of the system, acting with the respiratory system)

    The Wild Cherry Bark is for cleansing the blood supply.

    The action of these properties combined within the system are to act on the effects acquired in the lung forces within clarifying blood.  The action of certain properties is to rebuild the Hemoglobin within the blood to give more Leukocytes to the blood, as we find in the bark of Wild Cherry and Sarsaparilla.

    Wild Cherry Bark (Preferable that taken from the North side of the tree) ... 4 ounces .


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