How many of you have eaten the cherries and thrown away the stalk? In herbal medicine, however, cherry stalks are fine. Find how.


The cherry tree is a tree that belongs to the Rosaceae family probably from Asia. It is famous for its fruits, with a bright red color and a more or less sweet taste: the Prunus avium is the sweet cherry and the Prunus cerasus the sour cherry.

How many times did you happen to pick tasty cherries from the cherry tree and throw away the peduncle with which they were attached to the tree? just this, in herbal medicine, is the most interesting part of the cherry tree (and in particular it is preferred Prunus cerasus).

The peduncles of the cherry fruits, generally harvested at full maturity and left to dry in the sun, are rich in polyphenols, tannins, flavonoids, potassium, vitamin A, C and malic acid which favors the digestion of sugars and the activity of the liver and are celebrated by Dr. Jean Valnet as potent diuretics, “sedatives of the urinary tract“.

Dr. Jean Valnet (physician and surgeon of the French army; 1920 – 1995) tells us in the book “Phytotherapy, healing with plants”: “Mr. C., 54, has ever more difficulty urinating and his rate of urea in the blood rises periodically until it reaches a state of pre-coma, which requires hospitalization, which is done on the same day.The classic cures are lavished with great seriousness but remain ineffective: after 5 days the sick is clearly dying and they send him home. The dying man’s wife then remembers the diuretic properties of the Cerasus vulgari peduncles (common name: cherry peduncles), and prepares a very concentrated decoction which is taken by teaspoons sick to make him drink a glass and a half.In the following 48 hours the patient removes about 10 liters of urine. A week later he gets up and can resume some activities “.

Peduncles cherry: properties and action

The cherry peduncles are renowned for their anti-inflammatory and sedative diuretic properties of the urinary tract and indicated in renal insufficiencies, nephritis, urinary lithiasis, arthritis, cardiopathic edemas.

The properties of cherry peduncles are already known from Galen: they drain counteracting water retention and fluidize fat deposits avoiding the formation of new cellulite, thanks to their natriuretic hydruric function.

The action of the peduncles cherry is due to a bitter substance, organic salts and potassium. Cherry peduncles are not strictly neutral diuretics, but natriuretics, as they act by direct stimulation of the renal epithelium, favoring the elimination of sodium (and therefore water) with urine.

Peduncles cherry: some formulations

The cherry peduncles are used in decoction using 50 g of peduncles for 1 liter of boiling water. Allow to infuse for 15 minutes, strain and drink throughout the day. If the petioles are dry (very frequent case), it is necessary to leave them first to soak in cold water for about 12 hours. Keep the stalks of the cherries you eat!

Cherry peduncles are also a special ingredient of our cystitis supplement: Cranberry sachets.

Cranberry sachets: a supplement with cherry peduncles against cystitis

Cherry peduncles is contained in Erboristeria Como Cranberry sachets in synergy with vitamin C and type A proanthocyanidins from cranberry fruit (Cranberry, or vaccinium macrocarpon). Cranberry sachets are a useful supplement for the drainage of body fluids and urinary tract function. In particular:

– the American blueberry (fruit), antiseptic of the urinary tract, inhibits bacterial adhesion to the bladder mucosa, important in the development of urinary tract infections. It has been shown that the American blueberry is able to cause an irreversible inhibition of the adhesion of a strain of Escherichia Coli which expresses two types of fimbriae (type 1 and type P) for adhesion. It has also been shown that proanthocyanidins extracted from the American blueberry inhibit the adhesion of E. coli strains with type F fimbriae. It is indicated above all in the prevention of urinary tract infections.

cherry peduncles, excellent for the draining action, it is useful for eliminating bacteria from the body.

vitamin C has the function of stimulating the immune defenses and lowering the urinary pH, thus favoring the action of Cranberry.

How to use Cranberry sachets

Cranberry sachets is an excellent natural urinary tract disinfectant useful for the prevention of cystitis (“maintenance” action).

Cystitis occurs when urinary tract inflammation occurs, generally due to bacterial infection or, more rarely, to trauma, allergies or situations of decreased immune resistance. In about 80% of cases the responsible is the bacterium Escherichia Coli followed by other strains such as Proteus, Enterobacter, Pseudomonas and a fungus, Candida. These bacteria commonly reside in the intestine without causing discomfort if they are present in low numbers. The problems arise when they multiply out of proportion due to a poor balance with the beneficial bacterial flora. Then they tend to migrate out of the intestine contaminating urethra and bladder, usually sterile, causing cystitis. We feel it from the frequent stimulus to painful urination, followed by the emission of a few drops of urine with burning especially at the end of urination.

While for cystitis in the acute phase we recommend Cranberry fast resolution (innovative because it exploits the action of D-mannose and Cranberry in two separate moments of the day), for the preventive action Cranberry sachets is excellent, especially for those who know they are subject to recurrent cystitis, due to the synergy of the ingredients it contains and we recommend taking 1 sachet in the morning to be taken with plenty of water only after eliminating the accumulation of urine present. For a complete preventive action, a 28-day treatment is recommended.

Dr. Laura Comollo

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Sources and scientific studies:
  • J. Valnet, Fitoterapia, guarire con le piante
  • Howell AB (2002) Cranberry proanthocyanidins and the maintenance of urinary tract health. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 42(3 Suppl):273–278
  • Jepson RG, Mihaljevic L, Craig J (2004) Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2:CD001321
  • Reid G (2002) The role of cranberry and probiotics in intestinal and urogenital tract health. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 42:293–300
  • Newton M, Combest W, Kosier JH (2001) Select herbal remedies used to treat common urologic conditions. Urol Nurs 21:232–234
  • Analysis of glycosylated flavonoids extracted from sweet-cherry stems, as antibacterial agents against pathogenic Escherichia coli isolates, Alfredo Aires1, Carla Dias2, Rosa Carvalho3 and Maria José Saavedra2– Centre for the Research and Technology for Agro-Environment and Biological Sciences, CITAB, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, UTAD, Quinta de Prados, Portugal;

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