Northern Prickly Ash

18/Description

About

Northern prickly ash is a plant. The bark and berry are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse northern prickly ash with ash or southern prickly ash.

People take northern prickly ash for blood circulation problems and resulting conditions including leg pain (intermittent claudication) and Raynaud's syndrome. It is also used for joint pain, cramps, low blood pressure, fever, swelling (inflammation), toothache, sores, ulcers, and cancer (as an ingredient in Hoxsey cure).

Some people use northern prickly ash as a tonic, as a stimulant, and for “sweating out a fever.”

In manufacturing, northern prickly ash is used as a flavoring in foods and beverages.

How it works

It is not known how northern prickly ash might work.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Cramps
Joint pain
Circulation problems
Low blood pressure
Fever
Swelling
Toothache
Sores
Ulcers
Cancer
Use as a tonic
Use as a stimulant
Other conditions

Concerns

Northern prickly ash bark might be safe for most people, but the potential side effects are not known.There isn't enough information to know if the northern prickly ash berry is safe to use as medicine or what the potential side effects might be.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Using northern prickly ash bark duringpregnancymight beUNSAFE. Not enough is known about the safety of using northern prickly ash berry during pregnancy. It's best to avoid using both forms of northern prickly ash if you arepregnant.Are there any interactions with medications?

It's also wise to avoid northern prickly ash if you are breast-feeding. Not enough is known about its possible effects on nursing babies.

Stomach or intestinal problems including ulcers, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, infections, or other digestive tract conditions: 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.

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Minor
Medications that decrease stomach acid (Proton pump inhibitors)

Antacids are used to decrease stomach acid. Northern prickly ash may increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, northern prickly ash might decrease the effectiveness of antacids.Some antacids include calcium carbonate (Tums, others), dihydroxyaluminum sodium carbonate (Rolaids, others), magaldrate (Riopan), magnesium sulfate (Bilagog), aluminum hydroxide (Amphojel), and others.Northern prickly ash might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, northern prickly ash might decrease the effectiveness of some medications that decrease stomach acid, called H2-blockers.Some medications that decrease stomach acid include cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), nizatidine (Axid), and famotidine (Pepcid).Northern prickly ash might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, northern prickly ash might decrease the effectiveness of medications that are used to decrease stomach acid, called proton pump inhibitors.Some medications that decrease stomach acid include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix), and esomeprazole (Nexium).

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.