Information on Prickly Ash

Latin NameZanthoxylum americanum
Other NamesToothache Tree
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsBlood, Digestive system
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy. Do not use when there are internal heat signs associated with adrenal weakness and fatigue.
Botanical InfoA shrub or tree from the Citrus family with prickly branches and yellowish-green small flowers.
DescriptionPrickly ash stimulates the circulatory system and acts as a diaphoretic. It is used both internally and externally (the tincture applied or rubbed onto the spot) for toothache and rheumatism. Some herbalists recommend prickly ash for lack of appetite or dizziness.
In Chinese medicine, prickly ash fruits are recommended for removing pain in the digestive tract associated with internal coldness and parasites.

Prickly Ash has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-3 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Prickly Ash

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Circulation, poorcirculatory-stimulanttincture, capsules
Fibroid cystsblood movertincture, capsule
Gonorrheaalterativetincture, capsule
Menstruation, suppressedblood movertincture, capsule, tea
Ovarian paincirculatory stimulanttincture, capsule
Rheumatism, chroniccirculatory stimulanttea, tincture, capsule
Arthritiscirculatory stimulant, anodynetincture, tea


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