Wild Cherry Bark has a powerful antitussive (cough suppressing) action, and as such is indicated in dry, hacking coughs that are accompanied by spasms. Due to its astringent, sedative, antispasmodic, and bronchodilator actions, it dries mucus, increases expectoration, eases coughing, and opens the airways. Other uses may include diarrhea, gout, digestive disorders, pain, and cancer.
In foods and beverages, wild cherry is used as a flavoring agent. Some people eat the seeds as snacks. The fruit of wild cherry is eaten fresh, in jams, or used in liquors or syrups.
Wild cherry contains chemicals that might help reduce swelling (inflammation). It is often used in Tea to decrease symptoms of Asthma, Bronchitis, and cough to dry mucus.
Taking wild cherry along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking wild cherry, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver. Not recommended in high doses or for use during pregnancy.