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Viburnum opulus

Treating menstrual disorders with Viburnum opulus

Viburnum opulus is not a well-known remedy, even though it has undeniable effects in the treatment of painful menstruation and other gynaecological conditions. It is used to relieve pain in the ovaries and uterus during the menstruation period and to treat delayed menstruation with reduced blood flow.

Viburnum opulus, a homoeopathic remedy used in gynaecology

Viburnum opulus is the scientific name of Guelder Rosealso known as Snowball Tree, Cramp Bark, Water Elder, and European Cranberrybush. This deciduous and webbed shrub belongs to the Caprifoliaceae family and grows on wet ground at an altitude no higher than 1,600 meters. It bears red toxic berries that have an unpleasant smell and ball-shaped white flowers, hence its common name.

Known for a long time by traditional practitioners, Guelder Rose is primarily used for its relaxing properties, notably to relieve cramps. The stems’ bark is the main raw material used in the preparation of the homoeopathic remedy of the same name, inspired from herbal medicine.

Disorders requiring the use of Viburnum opulus

Viburnum opulus is particularly indicated to relieve and treat dysmenorrhea cramps. It is therefore recommended to women who feel pain in the uterus before menstruation, especially if they have difficulties getting up after sitting down and if they cannot lie on their hurting side. Sometimes, the woman is subject to a general feeling of heaviness or pelvic pain, making it difficult for her to sit or stand still because of the pain. In certain cases, menstrual fluid can be delayed, of clear colour, or present in very small amounts. Furthermore, the symptoms can include hard stool and rectal pain.

Recommended dosage

In case of painful, late or scarce menstruation, take 3 granules of Viburnum opulus 30 CH every 10 minutes if the pain is particularly intense. Then, space out the intakes once you notice improvements.

For sudden and violent spasms that occur during menstruation, and if the pain affects the back, buttocks and thighs, take 3 granules of Viburnum opulus 9 CH every 10 minutes during one hour. The same dose should also be taken for painful menstruation accompanied by the presence of blood clots or if the patient suffers from urinary disorders or has frequent urges to urinate.

Homoeopaths often prescribe Viburnum opulus 9 CH against nausea, dizziness and hollow stomachs. In such cases, take 3 granules every 10 minutes and reduce the intake frequency once improvements are noticed.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “Viburnum opulus “

Associated diseases

  • Dysmenorrhea

Good to know: The decoction obtained by infusion of the Snowball tree’s bark is widely used in herbal medicine, and Viburnum opulus is prepared according to the same process. To relieve back pain that affects the lower abdomen and that is caused by contractions of the uterus, take 1 granule of Viburnum opulus 5 CH every morning and evening. 

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