Prickly Ash, Zanthoxylum americanum
Parts used: Berries and bark.
Constituents: Alkaloids, Isobutylamide (in the bark), a lignan, a cinnamamide, Tannins, Resins, Volatile oils, Lignan (asarinin).
Actions: Stimulant, Sialagogue, Diaphoretic, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Carminative, Mild Hepatic, Emmenagogue, Alterative.
Has affinity with uterus, second after Ginger.
To circulation esp. to ovaries/testes; infertility, intermittent claudication, Raynaud`s disease, Buerger`s disease, peripheral vascular disease, fevers, cold extremities, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, exhaustion, chronic fatigue syndrome.
Metabolic stimulant and supports alcoholism.
Arthritis, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, neuralgia, nerve injuries/pain, cramps. Swollen glands, catarrh, hyper-secretions.
Convalescence, poor digestion, peptic ulcers use in warm water.
For skinny anaemic vegetarian with cold hands and low BP.
Wounds and old wounds, indolent ulcers, chilblains, pus.
Herbal extract bark 1:2, 10-30mL per week, berries 10-30mL.
Energetics: Warming, drying, pungent, sweet, astringent, Bitter.