Prickly Ash Zanthoxylum spp
- Common Names
- Prickly Ash , Szechuan pepper, chuan jiao, Tooth Ache Tree, yellow wood
- Botanical Name
- Zanthoxylum spp
- Syn. Clava-herculis and americanum
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Prickly Ash
- Medicinal Uses: * Nausea
- Properties: * Anodyne * Digestive * Vermifuge
- Parts Used: The bark or the fruit, dried and chopped
- Constituents: volatile oil containing geraniol
How to Use: Prickly Ash
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Prickly ash bark is used in teas, or tinctures. The powdered bark is used in poultices for abdominal pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine uses prickly ash to warm the "middle burner," the energies in the middle of the body that power the immune response and help digest food.
The fruit of several species are used to make the spice Sichuan (or Szechuan) Pepper. They are also popular as bonsai trees.
The common name Toothache Tree refers most often to the
* Zanthoxylum clava-herculis (also called pepperwood, Southern prickly ash)
or Zanthoxylum americanum (Northern prickly ash)
The common name Prickly Ash has also been given to Aralia spinosa (Linn.), the Prickly Elder, or Angelica Tree
History and Traditions & FolkloreThe use of prickly ash comes down to us from antiquity, the Chinese recorded its use about 1350 in the Ri Yong Ben Cao (Home Guide to Useful Medicines)