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Jamaican Dogwood, Piscidia erythrina
Parts used: Stem bark.
Constituents: Isoflavones, Organic acids, ?-sitosterol, tannins.
Actions: Sedative, Nervine, Anodyne, Anti-spasmodic.
Indications:
Insomnia due to nervous tension or pain.
Neuralgia, seizures, tremors, ticks and migraine.
Ovarian and uterine pain, i.e. cysts, ovulation.
Toothache.
For spasm +valerian, black cohosh, wild yam, lavender.
Jamaican Dogwood is a powerful sedative, used in West Indian as a fish poison. Whilst not being poisonous to humans, the given dosage level should not be exceeded.
Combinations: For the ease of insomnia it is best combined with Hops and Valerian; for dysmenorrhoea it may be used with Black Haw.
Herbal extract: 20-40mL per week, use 50 + 50mL Pukatea when needed.
Energetics: Cool, pungent, Astringent.
Meridians: liver, lung.
Contraindications: Pregnancy, large doses may give gastric distress; cramping, diarrhoea.
Caution: Do not exceed the dosage recommended it may be a poison.