Also Known As:
West Indian Dogwood.
erythrina; Piscidia communis.
People Use This For:
dogwood is used for anxiety and fear, as a daytime sedative, for
migraine, insomnia (especially sleeplessness due to nervous tension), and
concerns regarding safety. No reports of harm with therapeutic doses.
Refer to a Medical Herbalist.
and Lactation: Refer to a Medical Herbalist.
insufficient Scientific information available about the effectiveness of Jamaican
Mechanism of Action:
applicable part of Jamaican dogwood is the root bark. Animal studies have
an extract of Jamaican dogwood has sedative effects, marked cough
and fever lowering activities, and also anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic
action on smooth muscles. (29,30)
reported with therapeutic doses.
Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:
Supplements with Sedative Properties: May enhance therapeutic and adverse
Interactions with Drugs:
reported. As above may enhance the effects of anxiolytic drugs.
Interactions with Foods:
Interactions with Lab Tests:
Interactions with Diseases or Conditions:
Clare’s Blends: Dose 455mgs per day. 1.5mls 1:3 Tincture.
Specific References: JAMAICAN DOGWOOD
Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals.
London, UK: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
AY, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs
and Cosmetics. 2nd ed. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1996.
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