May 30, 2016

Chinese Prickly Ash

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What other names is Chinese Prickly Ash known by?

Chinese Pepper, Flatspine Prickly Ash, Frêne Épineux Chinois, Fresno Espinoso Chino, Pimienta China, Sansho, Szechwan Pepper, Szechuan Peppercorn, Zanthoxylum bungeanum, Zanthoxylum bungei, Zanthoxylum simulans.

What is Chinese Prickly Ash?

Chinese prickly ash is a plant. The bark and berry are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse Chinese prickly ash with ash, or northern or southern prickly ash.

People take Chinese prickly ash to treat vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, water retention, parasites, snakebite, and skin diseases. They also use it as a painkiller, stimulant, and tonic.

In foods, Chinese prickly ash is used as a spice.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Pain.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Water retention.
  • Parasites.
  • Snakebite.
  • Skin diseases.
  • Use as a stimulant.
  • Use as a tonic.
  • Other uses.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Chinese prickly ash 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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