Often administered as a syrup, wild chery bark has been used to support respiratory health and comfort from seasonal complaints. The eclectics valued wild cherry for its ability to reduce catarrh and mucous, address coughing, and to act as an astringent tonic for the respiratory system.*
From ancient times the cherry has been associated with virginity, the red colored fruit with the enclosed seed symbolizing the uterus. Buddhism teaches that Maya, the virgin mother of Buddha, was supported by a holy cherry tree during her pregnancy. In Danish folklore, a good crop of cherries was insured by having the first ripe fruit eaten by a woman shortly after her first child was born. Many myths used cherries as symbols of both education and concealment.
Constituents of note: Acetylcholine, HCN, kaempferol, p-coumaric acid, prunasin, quercetin, scopoletin, tannins.