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White Oak Bark (Quercus alba) is also known by the names English Oak, White Oak, Red Oak, Black Oak, Green Oak, Royal Protector, Tanner's Bark and Common Oak. The genus name of the tree is Quercus. Quercus alba in translation from Celtic means a fine ("quer") tree ("cuea"), and alba refers to the whitish appearance of the bark.

A huge magnificent tree with a massive broad top has long been a symbol of immortality and fertility, and was called a Sacred Tree by the Druids. The whole look of the Oak carries the idea of absolute strength, dignity and mighty. It has been the talisman to those who wanted a child, the remedy to those who endured despair, a reward to those who pass the war.

White Oak is not usually white its ashen grey, normally not very tall (20-25 m), quite massive and wide at maturity and bears acorns.

White Oak Substances:
The active constituents in oak bark are tannin (phlobatannin, ellagitannins, gallic acid) and quercetin.

Tannin:
content (galls are even higher in tannins than the bark) plays an important role; it binds with protein of the tissues, strengthens them and makes impermeable to bacterial invasion and infection. It makes it rather useful for stomach and digestive concerns, for skin health.

Quercetin:
is used for strengthening the capillaries and veins.

** White Oak also contains the minerals manganese, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc.

Benefits & Uses:
It is one of the strongest natural astringent herbs (it strengthens blood vessels and tightens tissues perfect treatment for hemorrhoids, diarrhea and varicose veins) also famous for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Other useful properties of the oak - haemostatic (arrests internal bleeding), diuretic, anti-emetic (relieves malarial-type fevers and chills), febrifuge (reduces fever), anti-venomous (antidote for poisonous plants, insects and snake bites) etc.

Health Benefits:
The benefits of using an oak were known to the Ancients. In folk medicine different part of the tree were used for treatments, now mainly the bark is used.

- treating wounds and intestinal problems (used by Native American cultures for hundreds of years);

- protecting from bacterial and viral infections (historically used oak bark for making bath additives and gargles);

- treating diarrhea, chronic mucous discharges, passive hemorrhages;

- an excellent gargle for relaxed uvula and sore throat;

- nice stimulating astringent lotion for ulcerswith spongy granulations;

- an astringent injection for leucorrhoea and hemorrhoids;

- a proven remedy for gangrenous or mortified conditions;

- and excellent remedy for debilitated children, especially when the result of fevers (as a bath or decoction, given internally);

- treating several cutaneous diseases;

- highly recommended in the treatment of scrofula (drinking coffee made from roasted acorns).

Additional Benefits:
It is used in the treatment of hemorrhoids, PMS, varicose veins, goiter, gallstones, kidney stones, fever, sores, wounds, sore throat, canker sores, menstrual problems, gonorrhea, leucorrhea, stomach troubles and bladder problems. It is also beneficial to teeth.

White Oak bark tea is used in enemas and douches, while additional benefits include the treatment of chronic diarrhea, dysentery, ringworm, chronic mucous discharge, poison-ivy rash, burns, pinworms, hemostatic, hemorrhages in the lungs, stomach, scrofula, and bowels, spitting of blood, vomiting, inflammations, boils, and sores.

Conclusion:
It has widely been considered a folk cancer remedy and since it contains tannin, experimentally, tannic acid is antiviral, antiseptic, anti-tumor and carcinogenic.

White Oak Bark (Quercus Alba) is a powerful astringent used primarily in treating diarrhea, also useful in dysentery, hemorrhoids, chronic mucous drainage, bleeding, anal prolapsed and piles.

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