Prickly Ash bark (Zanthoxylum americanum)
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Common name: Prickly Ash, Toothache Bark
Part used: Bark, but berries are used by some
Habitat: A medium sized tree or large shrub growing to 8m and native to North America. The surface of the branches are covered in prickles (hence the name) about 6-14mm long.
Constituents: Isoquinoline alkaloids particularly lauiflorine andnitidine (and others), coumarins, tannins, resins, acrid volatile oil.
Actions: Antirheumatic, silagogue (stimulates saliva production), circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic (promotes sweating)
Traditional and current uses:
• Poor peripheral circulation including intermittent claudication, cold hands and feet, Raunaud's syndrome and Buerger's disease.
• Osteoarthritis, chronic rheumatic disorders
• Varicose veins, haemorrhoids
• Restless legs syndrome
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