Jamaica Dogwood | Piscidia erythrina

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Jamaica Dogwood

£3.50 50g       

Jamaica Dogwood (Piscidia erythrina)

Jamaica Dogwood bark (Piscidia erythrina)

Piscidia erythrina

Daily adult dose unless otherwise prescribed: 2 - 4g per 200ml (a mug) of water, cover and boil gently for 5 - 10 minutes, strain and drink up to 3 times a day.

Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Avoid with brdycardia and cardiac insufficiency.

Use under professional suervision alongside powerful pain killers. 

Excessive doses and adverse reactions: may cause nausea, vomiting, confusion and headache. 


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Piscidia erythrina

Common name: Jamaica Dogwood, Fish Fuddle, West Indian Dogwood

Family: Fabaceae

Part used: Root bark

Habitat: Jamaican dogwood is native is to the Caribbean, Southern US, Central America and northern South America. It is a small branching deciduous tree or shrub growing to about 15m. 

Folklore and History: Jamaica Dogwood is also traditionally used to sedate fish in traditional fishing practices in the West Indies.

Constituents: Isoflavonoids including jamaicin, piscidone, piscerythrone, ichthynone.

Actions: Reduces spasm, pain reliever, mild sedative.

Traditional and current uses:

  • Nervous tension with associated pain
  • Nerve pain: neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgi, toothache and sciatica. 
  • Insomnia
  • Painful periods
  • Muscular spasms
  • Emotional stress and anxiety
  • Tension headaches and migraines

Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided for educational use only, and is not intended as a replacement for the services of a qualified medical herbalist, doctor or licensed health practitioner. The information contained herein is not diagnostic, always consult a medical health professional before embarking on a treatment programme. Urban Fringe Dispensary disclaims any liability, loss, injury or damage incurred as a consequence of the use and application of the advice given herein.


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