July 27, 2016

Wafer Ash

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What other names is Wafer Ash known by?

Bois Puant, Orme de Samarie, Pickaway Anise, Prairie Grub, Ptelea trifoliata, Ptéléa Trifolié, Scubby Trefoil, Stinking Prairie Bush, Swamp Dogwood, Three-Leaved Hop Tree, Wingseed.

What is Wafer Ash?

Wafer ash is a plant. The root bark is used to make medicine.

People take wafer ash for stomach problems, gallstones, poor appetite, and joint and muscle pain (rheumatism). Some people also take it as a tonic.

Wafer ash is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a wound dressing.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Joint and muscle pain (rheumatism).
  • Stomach problems.
  • Wound dressings, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of wafer 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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