|Name: Toothache Tree
Name: Zanthoxylum alatum, Zanthoxylum americanum
Names: Tumbru, Toothache Tree, Tejbal, Prickly Ash
Yellow wood, Suterberry
This shrub is found in
North America, India, and Bhutan.
Bark, carpels, carpels of fruits, seeds
Alkaloids: g-fagarine, b-fagarine (-skimmianine), magnoflorine, laurifoline, nitidine, chelerythrine, tambetarine and candicine
Coumarins: xanthyletin, zanthoxyletin, alloxanthyletin
Resin, tannin, volatile oil.
Branches, fruit and
thorns: carminative, stomachic
Bark and Berries: alterative, anti-rheumatic, carminative, diaphoretic,
hepatic, stimulant, tonic.
Prickly Ash is used in many chronic problems such a rheumatism and skin
diseases; chilblains, cramp in the leg, varicose veins and varicose ulcers. It
is also used for low blood pressure, fever, and inflammation. Externally it may be used as a stimulation liniment for rheumatism and
fibrositis. It has a stimulating effect upon the lymphatic system, circulation and mucous
Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the bark and let infuse for
10-15 minutes. Drink this three times a day.
Tincture: take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.
No information about the safety of this herb is available.
Use caution. Ayurvedic herbs are often taken in combination with others to neutralize the toxicity one herb with the opposing effect of other. Do not take except under the supervision of a qualified professional.
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