Black Cherry, Black Choke, Cerezo Silvestre, Cerisier à Grappes, Cerisier d’Automne, Cerisier de Virginie, Cerisier Noir, Cerisier Sauvage, Cerisier Tardif, Choke Cherry, Prunier d’Automne, Prunus serotina, Prunus virginiana, Rum Cherry Bark, Virginian Prune, Wild Black Cherry.
Wild cherry is a plant. The bark is used to make medicine.
Wild cherry is used for colds, whooping cough, bronchitis and other lung problems; diarrhea; gout; digestive disorders; pain; and cancer. It is also used in cough syrups because of its sedative, expectorant, drying, and cough-suppressing effects.
In foods and beverages, wild cherry is used as a flavoring agent.
Wild cherry contains chemicals that might help reduce swelling (inflammation) and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.
Insufficient Evidence for:
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of wild cherry for these uses.
Wild cherry seems safe when used in small amounts short-term. But taking large amounts can cause deadly poisonings.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use wild cherry if you are pregnant. Wild cherry contains a chemical, prunasin, which can cause birth defects. Not enough is known about the safety of using wild cherry during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Moderate Interaction. Be cautious with this combination:
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates) interacts with WILD CHERRY
Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver.
Wild cherry might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. 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.
Some medications changed by the liver include lovastatin (Mevacor), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), fexofenadine (Allegra), triazolam (Halcion), and many others.