Standardized: southern prickly ash
Other: Hercule's club
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis L.
Plant Family: Rutaceae
About 1350, a book entitled the Ri Yong Ben Cao (Home Guide to Useful Medicines) first advised Chinese physicians of the benefits of prickly ash, also known as Szechuan pepper.
The bark or the fruit, dried and chopped. The powder is better for poultices than the chopped bark. The chopped bark is better for making teas and tinctures than the powdered bark.
Teas or tinctures. Prickly ash powder may be used as a poultice. Although rare, may also be taken as capsule.
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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