Information on Jamaican Dogwood

Latin NamePiscidia erythrina
Other NamesFish poison tree
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsTincture.
AffectsNervous system
CautionsFor larger doses than 1 dropperful, it is best to consult an herbalist or qualified health care practitioner; can be toxic in excessive amounts.
Botanical InfoA small deciduous tree in the Pea family, with pink, lavender, or sometimes white pea-like flowers native to the Carribean.
DescriptionJamaican dogwood is used as a sedative and anodyne, its main indication being for insomnia caused by pain or nervous tension, especially in the aged. It is also reported effective for neuralgia, migraine, cramping pain during menstruation, sciatica, earache, migraine, and is a specific for toothache. The herb is sometimes recommended for relieving pain and discomfort of whooping cough, combined with other herbs.

Jamaican Dogwood has a taste of BITTER, ACRID and a temperature of WARM.


Tincture20 drops to 2 droppersful

Ailments Treated by Jamaican Dogwood

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Addictionssedativestincture, capsules
Neuralgiaanodynetincture, capsule
Pain, to relieveanodynetincture
Sciatica, acuteanodynetincture


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