Prickly Ash Herbal Remedies

Prickly ash stimulates the circulatory system and acts as a diaphoretic. It is used both internally and externally (the tincture applied or rubbed onto the spot) for toothache and rheumatism. Some herbalists recommend prickly ash for lack of appetite or dizziness. In Chinese medicine, prickly ash fruits are recommended for removing pain in the digestive tract associated with internal coldness and parasites. Prickly Ash has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of WARM.

Prickly Ash Proper Dose

Prickly Ash Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Prickly Ash Tincture1-3 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Prickly Ash Reference Information

Latin NameZanthoxylum americanum
Other NamesToothache Tree
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsBlood, Digestive system
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy. Do not use when there are internal heat signs associated with adrenal weakness and fatigue.
Botanical InfoA shrub or tree from the Citrus family with prickly branches and yellowish-green small flowers.

Supporting Research

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