Wild Cherry, black cherry, or sometimes called chokecherry is a common sight growing over much of the eastern United States. This species grows to maturity at a height of 50 to 60 feet but can reach up to 100 feet tall. The wood is highly sought after in furniture making, and the bitter-sweet fruits have been used in making jams, jellies, wine, and of course cough drops. Since most people have tasted a Cherry cough drop and experienced some form of relief, it comes as no surprise that the use and function of Wild Cherry bark relates strongly to the respiratory tract. The lungs excrete the various chemicals, namely Prussic acid which is a byproduct of the digestive breakdown of cyanogenic glycosides found in Wild Cherry bark. Upon their excretion these and other chemicals in Wild Cherry support a healthy cough response and also support normal production and movement of mucosal secretions. The function also includes the ability to calm bronchial and respiratory muscles tension.
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