Southern Prickly Ash

18/Description

About

Southern prickly ash is a plant. The bark and berry are used to make medicine.

Southern prickly ash is used for menstrual cramps, blood circulation problems in the legs (intermittent claudication) and in the fingers (Raynaud's syndrome), ongoing joint pain, toothache, sores, and ulcers.

It is also used to “break a fever” by causing sweating. Some people use it as a tonic or stimulant.

Southern prickly ash is one of the ingredients in “Hoxsey cure” for cancer.

How it works

The chemicals in southern prickly ash are thought to cause sleepiness, decrease swelling, kill bacteria, inhibit liver enzymes, and increase saliva production.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Menstrual cramps
Blood circulation problems in the legs (intermittent claudication)
Blood circulation problems in the fingers (Raynaud's syndrome)
Joint pain
Toothache
Fever
Sores
Ulcers
Cancer
Other conditions

Concerns

The BARK of southern prickly ash may be safe when used as a medicine. The safety of the BERRY is not known. The potential side effects of southern prickly ash are not known.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It'sUNSAFEto use southern prickly ash if you arepregnant. It might start yourmenstrualperiod and that could harm thepregnancy.Are there any interactions with medications?

It's also best to avoid southern prickly ash if you are breast-feeding. It might cause colic in a nursing infant.

Liver disease: There is some concern that southern prickly ash might affect the liver.

Interactions

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

Antacids are used to decrease stomach acid. Southern prickly ash may increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, southern 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.Southern prickly ash might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, southern 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).Southern prickly ash might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, southern 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).

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