Jamaica Dogwood bark (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.
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.
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