Common Names: Hua-Jiao (Chinese Name), Northern Prickly Ash, Pellitory Bark, Prickly Ash Berries, Suterberry Bark, Toothache Bush, Toothache Tree, Toothbrush Bush, Tumburu (Sanskrit Name), Yellow Wood, Yellow Wood Berries.
Scientific Name: Zanthoxylium Americanum L., Xanthoxcylum, Americanum, Rutaceae, Rue Family
Common Uses: Prickly ash bark was a toothache remedy for NativeAmericans and white men in earlier times. It is not clear whether reliefwas due to an actual effect on the pain or to the distraction ofattention caused by irritation produced by the bark. Some NativeAmericans boiled the inner bark to make a wash for itching skin.Both the bark and the fruit have been used to treat rheumatism andchronic arthritis. Said to be good for stomach problems, such asflatulence and poor digestion. A wash of the infusion of powderedbark may be used to cleanse old wounds, sores, and ulcers. Was used for many skin conditions, psoriasis, worms, yeast infections, syphilis,colic, liver problems, scrofula, and chronic female troubles, asthma,colds, flu, cholera, blood purifier, lumbago, dysentery, diarrhea, sore
*Warnings: It’s best to avoid using both forms of northern prickly ash if you are pregnant. Stomach or intestinal problems including ulcers, Crohn’s disease,irritable bowel syndrome, infections, or other digestive tractconditions: Northern prickly ash can stimulate digestive juices and cause irritation. This can make stomach and intestinal problems worse.Do not use northern prickly ash if you have any of these conditions.
Origin: Canada to Virginia and Nebraska. Much less common in the south.