May 1, 2016

Northern Prickly Ash

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How does Northern Prickly Ash work?

It is not known how northern prickly ash might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Northern prickly ash bark might be safe for most people, but the potential side effects are not known.

There isn't enough information to know if the northern prickly ash berry is safe to use as medicine or what the potential side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Using northern prickly ash bark during pregnancy might be UNSAFE. Not enough is known about the safety of using northern prickly ash berry during pregnancy. It's best to avoid using both forms of northern prickly ash if you are pregnant.

It's also wise to avoid northern prickly ash if you are breast-feeding. Not enough is known about its possible effects on nursing babies.

Stomach or intestinal problems including ulcers, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, infections, or other digestive tract conditions: Northern prickly ash can stimulate digestive juices and cause irritation. This can make stomach and intestinal problems worse. Do not use northern prickly ash if you have any of these conditions.


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