Phellodendron amurense, also known as Huang Bai or cork tree, is a deciduous tree native to China, Korea, and Japan. Considered to be a successful homeopathic remedy and one of the fundamentally used remedies in Chinese medicine, it is used by homeopathic medicine practitioners to treat jaundice, urinary system conditions, and vaginal infections. Some practitioners also recommend it to relieve diarrhea, vomiting, or dysentery. Many people believe the remedy can treat skin conditions as well.
A large tree, Phellodendron amurense grows to about 40 feet (12.2 m) in height. It typically has leaves with seven leaflets that are shaped like lances. Most trees have clusters of flowers that area green in color and a plenitude of round berries that vary from green to black, depending on the season. The bark, which is light gray and similar in texture to a wine cork, is the part of the tree used for medical purposes; it usually is harvested in the spring.
Homeopathic medicine practitioners believe that Phellodendron amurense can cure a variety of illnesses and medical conditions. The remedy contains several useful properties, such as berberine and palmatine. Berberine is a known antidiarrheal, antibacterial, and amebicidal, while palmatine is considered to be a vasodilator, which dilates blood vessels. As a result, it is believed to treat a wide range of stomach conditions, several skin conditions, and many other ailments, such as meningitis, urinary tract infections, conjunctivitis, jaundice, and vaginal infections.
If someone were to taste Phellodendron amurense, they would say it is a bitter remedy. The most common preparation of the tree is to boil the bark in water. A liquid extract may also be used, depending on the recommendations of the homeopathic remedy practitioner.
Although the most common purpose of Phellodendron amurense is to treat ailments, it can also be used for other purposes. For example, the bark is a common source for cork. In addition, the trunk of the tree is used for carving furniture and other ornamental materials. The berries are sometimes used to make dyes, soaps, insecticides, and lubricants.
Most homeopathic medicine practitioners consider Phellodendron amurense to be a safe remedy. In general, people with cardiovascular medical conditions, such as arrhythmias, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure should avoid using the remedy. Infants, young children, and women who are pregnant are specifically warned against using it as well. Consulting an expert in homeopathic medicine or a medical doctor before taking this remedy is recommended.