Southern Prickly Ash

What other names is Southern Prickly Ash known by?

Frêne Épineux Américain, Frêne Épineux du Sud, Fresno Espinoso del Sur, Prickly Ash, Prickly Yellow Wood, Sea Ash, Toothache Tree, Xanthoxylum, Zanthoxylum, Zanthoxylum clava-herculis.

What is Southern Prickly Ash?

Southern prickly ash is a plant. The bark and berry are used to make medicine.

Southern prickly ash is used for menstrual cramps, blood circulation problems in the legs (intermittent claudication) and in the fingers (Raynaud's syndrome), ongoing joint pain, toothache, sores, and ulcers.

It is also used to "break a fever" by causing sweating. Some people use it as a tonic or stimulant.

Southern prickly ash is one of the ingredients in "Hoxsey cure" for cancer.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Menstrual cramps.
  • Blood circulation problems in the legs (intermittent claudication).
  • Blood circulation problems in the fingers (Raynaud's syndrome).
  • Joint pain.
  • Toothache.
  • Fever.
  • Sores.
  • Ulcers.
  • Cancer.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of southern 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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