~Betula lenta (Sweet Birch) or Gaultheria procumbens (Eastern teaberry) ~Betulaceae or Ericaceae ~Traditional: astringent, antiseptic, antipyretic, antirheumatic, cathartic, emetic ~Phytochem: methyl salicylate ~Activity/MOA: rubifacient= anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic
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Sweet Birch Bark Bark tea used for fevers, stomachache, and lung ailments. Oil from bark used for anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to treat rheumatism, gout, and bladder infection. Notes Oil from birch bark is now produced synthetically from menthol. Oil is easily absorbed through skin and is toxic.