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Wild Cherry


Wild cherry refers to the purple-red fruit that grows on cherry trees. It can be taken as a syrup and has been used to ease symptoms of cough. The berry can also be taken as an extract or juice. Bark from the wild cherry tree can also be made into a tea.


There are no advised doses for wild cherry.

What Research Shows

There is not enough data to support that wild cherry is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take wild cherry in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. It is also not known whether it is safe to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


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Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 3/26/2020