Latin names: Erythrina herbacea, Cortex erythriniae
Chinese name: hai tong pi
Other names: cardinal spear, Cherokee bean, coral bean bark, coral tree bark, red cardinal
What is Erythrina Bark?
The term “erythrina bark” refers to the bark of the Erythrina genus of trees, and the Coral bean tree is the species of Erythrina tree known in traditional Chinese medicine as hai tong pi. Erythrina tree bark has a history of being used by Native American tribes as an external rub for rheumatic disorders. When used for traditional Chinese medicine, the bark is gathered in the early summer and dried before being administered.
What are the health benefits of Erythrina Bark?
Erythrina bark is used to treat rheumatic joint pain, including back and knee pain. It is said to promote urination, reduce edema, and relieve itching skin. It is also used to kill parasites, relieve toothaches, dispel wind and dampness, and to generally unblock the body’s meridians, or energy channels. It has anti-fungal properties, and is used to treat dysbiosis (yeast overgrowth or cadidiasis).
Are there any precautions for taking Erythrina Bark?
Erythrina bark should not be administered to women who are pregnant, nor should it be given to individuals with cases of blood deficiency.
Where can I find Erythrina Bark?
Erythrina bark can be found online, in Asian markets, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.
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