Prickly Ash, Southern
Zanthoxylum clava herculis
Bark tea or tincture historically used by American Indians and herbalists for chronic rheumatism, dyspepsia, dysentery, kidney trouble, heart trouble, colds, coughs, lung ailments, and nervous debility. When chewed, bark induces copious salivation. Once popular to stimulate mucous surfaces, bile, and pancreas activity. Bark chewed for toothaches. Berry tea used for sore throats, tonsillitis; also used as a diuretic. Also a folk cancer remedy.