May 5, 2016

American Dogwood

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What other names is American Dogwood known by?

Bitter Redberry, Box Tree, Boxwood, Budwood, Cornejo Florido, Cornel, Cornelian Tree, Cornouiller Américain, Cornouiller d'Amérique, Cornouiller à Fleurs, Cornouiller à Fleurs d'Amérique, Cornouiller de Floride, Cornus, Cornus florida, Dog-Tree, Dogwood, False Box, Green Ozier, Osier, Rose Willow, Sanguiñuelo Florido, Silky Cornel, Swamp Dogwood.

What is American Dogwood?

American dogwood is a plant. People make medicine from the bark.

Historically, American dogwood was sometimes used for treating malaria instead of the drug quinine. American dogwood is still used today as medicine, but not very often.

People use American dogwood for headaches, fatigue, fever, and ongoing diarrhea. It is also used to increase strength, to stimulate appetite, and as a tonic.

Some people apply American dogwood directly to the skin for boils and wounds.

Be careful not to confuse it with Jamaican dogwood.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Headaches.
  • Fatigue.
  • Weakness.
  • Fever.
  • Ongoing diarrhea.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Malaria.
  • Boils and wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of American dogwood for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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