Prickly Ash Bark

From our list of ailments, see what Prickly Ash Bark can be used for:

  • Circulation Poor
  • Varicose Veins

Natural Remedies using Prickly Ash Bark

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Prickly Poppy) — Ingestion of the seed oil can cause anemia, diarrhea, dysentery, high-tension glaucoma, and vomiting due to the ‘carcinogenic’ alkaloid, sanguinarine. Toxicity is due to interaction of sanguinarine and 11-oxo-triacon-tanoic acid. Milk of cows fed prickly poppy can cause glaucoma (WO2). LD50 of argemone oil

Vasodilators such as prickly ash and ginkgo widen the blood vessels to decrease constriction and restriction.

Circulation Poor, Varicose Veins

The Benefit of using Prickly Ash Bark as a natural cure

Here I see the oft-repeated anomaly, a low dose may have the opposite effect (tachycardic) of high doses (bradycardic). Sparteine is more quinidine-like than digitalic, a powerful oxytocic once used to stimulate uterine constrictions (CAN). Sparteine sulphate can produce respiratory arrest (CAN). Sparteine is a negative chronotropic and a negative inotropic. Doses corresponding to >300 mg sparteine (ca. 30 g herb). May induce dizziness, headache, ocular palsy, palpitations, prickly sensations in the extremities, profuse sweating, sleepiness, and weakness of the legs.

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Prickly Ash) — Class 2b (AHP). None reported (PHR). Reported to be toxic to animals (CAN). Because of pharmacologically active alkaloids and coumarins, its use in pregnancy and lactation is to be avoided. May interfere with anticoagulant therapy. Excessive use should be avoided (CAN).

Activities (Prickly Ash) — Abortifacient (f; DEM); Alterative (f; FEL); Analgesic (1; APA); Anesthetic (1; APA); Antihelicobacter (1; X9781854); Antiinflammatory (1; APA; PHR); Antiperistaltic (1; FNF); Antirheumatic (f; APA; CAN; PHR); Antispasmodic (f; HHB; PH2); Antiulcer (1; X9781854); Candidicide (1; FNF); Carminative (f; CAN; FEL; HHB); Choleretic (f; FAD); Circulostimulant (f; CAN); Cytotoxic (f; HH3); Diaphoretic (f; CAN; FEL; MAD; PHR); Diuretic (f; DEM; FAD; FEL; MAD); Emmenagogue (f; FEL; MAD); Expectorant (f; DEM); Hypotensive (1; APA); Nephrotonic (f; FEL); Nervine (f; HH3); Pancreatonic (f; FAD; FEL); Secretagogue (1; FEL); Sialagogue (1; APA; CAN; FAD; FEL; HH3); Stimulant (1; APA); Stomachic (f; HHB); Tonic (f; HHB); Vulnerary (f; HH3).

Stems are heavily toothed, prickly, and bright green, 3 to 6 inches tall. Compound leaves arranged alternately, with three to five leaflets. Blooming in late spring to early summer, flowers are up to 1 inch across, with numerous stamens and yellow anthers, five white petals, and five green sepals with pointed tips. Petals are longer than sepals, rounded, and often wrinkly. Grows in natural meadows, at river and pond margins, in overgrown farm fields or recent burns, along country roads and lanes, and under power line rights-of-way. e guides recommend disturbed ground or abandoned places where trees and undergrowth have been removed, providing several decades of sunny ground for fast-growing berry bushes to colonize. Perennial shrub. Plant in spring. Grow in sandy, acidic soils, full sun. Zones 3–10.