The inner bark can be used as a heart tonic, and a substitution for malaria when combined with dogwood and black cherry bark. One of the greatest benefits is the aid it gives in regulating the digestive system. It will aid in metabolizing food and giving an appetite. It is an astringent and will aid with dysentery. In turn these properties aid in general with upset stomachs. The inner bark can also be used for rheumatism, menstrual problems, a cough syrup ingredient, pinworms, and a tea can be made which is said to help reduce fever.
The most common form of preparation of the bark would be a decoction. Typically dense or wood like plants and roots require a decoction in order to extract the required medicinal properties.
The crushed leaves can be used as a poultice for headaches.
The Tulip Poplar is a deciduous tree native to North America. It can grow to 150 ft tall and can have a diameter of 10 feet. The leaves have four lobes with the apex being notched. The leaf can have the appearance of a tulip. Historically the tree leaves have also been called mother-in-laws shirt as when turned upside down the leaf can have the appearance of a nightgown.