August 29, 2016

Northern Prickly Ash

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What other names is Northern Prickly Ash known by?

Angelica Tree, Clavalier, Clavalier d'Amérique, Clavalier à Feuilles de Frêne, Clavalier Frêne, Frêne Épineux, Frêne Épineux du Nord, Fresno Espinoso Americano, Pepper Wood, Prickly Ash, Toothache Bark, Xanthoxylum, Yellow Wood, Zanthoxylum, Zanthoxylum americanum.

What is Northern Prickly Ash?

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

People take northern prickly ash for blood circulation problems and resulting conditions including leg pain (intermittent claudication) and Raynaud's syndrome. It is also used for joint pain, cramps, low blood pressure, fever, swelling (inflammation), toothache, sores, ulcers, and cancer (as an ingredient in Hoxsey cure).

Some people use northern prickly ash as a tonic, as a stimulant, and for "sweating out a fever."

In manufacturing, northern prickly ash is used as a flavoring in foods and beverages.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Cramps.
  • Joint pain.
  • Circulation problems.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Fever.
  • Swelling.
  • Toothache.
  • Sores.
  • Ulcers.
  • Cancer.
  • Use as a tonic.
  • Use as a stimulant.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of northern 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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