The Prickly Ash is a tree native to the Eastern and Central part of the United States. Known scientifically as Zanthoxylum Americanum, this plant has been used medicinally for more than 1 century. In particular, its bark is the main source of its healing properties.The bark are used to make teas, brews, tinctures and may come in dried broken pieces or powder. They are commercially available, and are deemed by the FDA is generally safe.
Prickly Ash is also referred to as the Yellow tree. In different areas throughout the world, it is also called Prickly elder and Angelica tree.
The bark is widely used in the field of medicine. Its essential uses and benefits are listed below.
Prickly Ash bark:
- Supports blood circulation in the body
- Removes blood impurities
- Energizes the body
- Cures leg cramps
- Soothes cold feeling of the body.
- Treats varicose veins.
- Relieves leg cramps
- Soothes arthritis and rheumatism
- Is helpful for muscle and joint pains
- Is used to ease stomach aches and cramps
- Treats ulcers
- Is helpful in indigestion
- Prevents respiratory disorders
- Is beneficial for asthma
- Improves nervous system
- Cleanses and heals wounds
- Kills parasites and microbes
- Cleanses the body
- Removes body toxins
- Acts as carminative
- Prevents muscle spasms
- Relieves chronic pain
- Soothes toothaches
- Is used for sore throats
- Treat mouth sores
- Helps in treating itchy skin
- Eases the pain caused by gonorrhoea and treats it
- Treats skin infections
- Treats skin chaps and cracks
- Improves nutrition
- Can be helpful in treating flatulence and diarrhoea.
The prickly ash bark’s main benefits revolve around its capability of improving blood circulation. Through this, it also improves the conditions which are related to poor blood flow.
It is beneficial for conditions like abdominal chills, leg cramping, varicose veins, and lymphatic circulation. It can even help in treating Raynaud’s syndrome. The pains and discomfort to muscles, bones and joints can also be relieved by Prickly Ash bark. As it improves the blood flow, it is also helpful in treating arthritis and rheumatism.
Prickly Ash bark is also proven to have helpful effects on the mucus membranes, thus preventing and treating some respiratory disorders. It soothes the mucus linings and will help in better absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat.
Fatigue, anxiety, and weakness can likewise be treated with Prickly Ash bark. It boosts the functions of nervous system through easing the nerves throughout the body. It can also be useful as an energizer.
This herb is also proven to be beneficial in the digestive system. It can also help in treating gas formation on the intestine, and can protect the stomach. It is also believed to help in the removal of waste in the body. Moreover, it also eliminates worms and parasites.
Lastly, this bark is utilized in making creams and ointments to treat various skin conditions. It can act as a soothing agent for some inflammations, cracks, and skin eruptions.
Prickly Ash bark has been used medicinally for more than 100 years and while medicinal properties have yet to be fully studied, anyone could start benefiting from this all-natural remedy.