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Alternative Names

Black Cherry, Black Choke, Cerezo Silvestre, Cerisier à Grappes, Cerisier d'Automne, Cerisier de Virginie, Cerisier Noir, Cerisier Sauvage, Cerisier Tardif, Choke Cherry, Prunier d'Automne, Rum Cherry Bark, Virginian Prune, Wild Black Cherry CAUTION: Please refer to separate listings for Cherry Laurel Water, Sour Cherry, Sweet Cherry

Scientific Name

Prunus Serotina

Why Do People Use Black Cherry ?

Oral preparations of Prunus serotina (Black cherry), like black cherry powder, are used for whooping cough, colds, diarrhea, bronchitis and other lung problems, digestive disorders, gout, cancer and pain. It is also utilized in various cough syrups because of it has expectorant, sedative, antitussive effects and acts as an astringent. In Foods and Beverages - Black Cherry is added as a flavoring agent in numerous beverages and food items.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Normally Black Cherry is taken with combination of various food and beverages, which is thought to safe to use. Black Cherry has attained Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in the United States. There are some reliable reports which suggest that this fruit can be safely used orally, for appropriate time period (short-term) in limited dosage. Possibly Unsafe - Long-term, oral or excessive amount dosage of Black Cherry should be avoided. Black cherry contains a compound known as prunasin that hydrolyzes to hydrocyanic acid (HCN), which is a toxin. Likely Unsafe In Pregnancy - Because of it potentially teratogenic effects of prunasin, oral consumption of Black Cherry powder should be avoided by pregnant females. Avoid in Lactation - Because of limited and unreliable information, use of Black Cherry should be avoided by breastfeeding mothers.

How Effective Is Black Cherry ?

About the effectiveness of Black Cherry powder, there is scarce and unreliable information available.

How Black Cherry Works?

The most effective part of Prunus serotina is the stem bark. Black Cherry bark has sedative, antitussive and astringent effects. It consist of prunasin constituent which is a cyanogenic glycoside that is hydrolyzed to toxic benzaldehyde and hydrocyanic acid (HCN). Accumulated bark in the fall has a greater HCN yield (about 0.15%) than bark collected in the spring (approximately 0.05%). Leaves collected in the spring have the highest HCN yield (approximately 0.25%).

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Black Cherry ?

Excessive consumption of of Black Cherry powder can result in lethal poisonings.

How Black Cherry Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

There is no known interaction between Black Cherry powder and different supplements & herbs.

How Black Cherry Interacts With Drugs?

Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) Substrates - Interaction rating between Black Cherry powder and specific cytochrome substrates is moderate, so be careful about using this combination. Initial experiments suggests that Black Cherry can inhibit CYP3A4 enzyme. Black Cherry may enhance the levels of drugs metabolized by CYP3A4. But, this interaction has not been observed in human beings. Some drugs metabolized by CYP3A4 are ketoconazole (Nizoral), lovastatin (Mevacor), triazolam (Halcion), fexofenadine (Allegra), itraconazole (Sporanox) and various others as well. Therefore, individuals taking these medicines should use black cherry after the recommendation of their physician.

How Black Cherry Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Black Cherry Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Black Cherry Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Not known.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Black Cherry ?

ORAL Typically, individual use drops of the liquid extract containing Black Cherry bark (12-14% by volume) in a dose of of 5 to 12 drop two to three times daily with water.


Don’t mix cherry laurel water with Black Cherry. There are number of Chinese medicines where the bark and stem of related species (Prunus armeniaca) may be effective as an antidote for apricot kernel poisoning.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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