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Prickly Ash

Also indexed as:Ash (Prickly), Zanthoxylum americanum, Zanthoxylum clava-herculis
Prickly Ash: Main Image© Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Zanthoxylum americanum, Zanthoxylum clava-herculis

Side Effects

There are no known side effects from using the recommended amounts of prickly ash. Since it stimulates digestive function, prickly ash should best be avoided in conditions such as ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer disease, or gastroesophageal reflux. Some herbal experts suggest that prickly ash be avoided by pregnant women because it may stimulate menstruation and increase risk of a miscarriage.16

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