Information on Fringe Tree

Latin NameChionanthus virginicus
Other NamesOld man's beard
Part UsedRoot Bark
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
CautionsNone noted, although large doses may cause gastrointestinal irritation.
Botanical InfoA deciduous tree to thirty feet in the olive family with oblong leaves and branched sprays of small white flowers.
DescriptionFringe tree is generally used to regulate liver function. The extract is used for cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, hepatitis, gallstones, and acute dyspepsia.

Fringe Tree has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture10-30 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Fringe Tree

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Hepatitis, with jaundiceliver tonictincture, tablet
Jaundiceliver regulatortincture, capsules, tablets
Menstruation, excessliver regulatortincture, tablet, tea
Menstruation, suppressedliver regulatortincture, tablet
PMS [Premenstrual Syndrome]liver decongestanttincture, tea
Spleen, enlargedliver regulatortincture, tablet, tea


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