Although the common name of this plant refers to one of the countries you can find this shrubby, medium-sized deciduous tree, it is also native to Southern Florida, the West Indies, and Texas. Native Americans of the West Indies discovered that the bark of this tree would tranquilize fish so that they could be caught by hand. One of the other common names is "Fishfuddle" or "Florida Fish Poison". The bark does have properties that help to modulate pain and tension and has been used traditionally in its native ranges for this purpose.
The root bark and bark of Jamaican dogwood have been used traditionally to help with menstrual cramps. It does contain some isoflavonoid compounds (jamaicine, ichtynone, milletone) that have sedative properties. It has been used to support a healthy inflammatory response, promote comfort for occasional aches and pains, including headaches and cramps, as well as stress and tension.
PRECAUTIONS: Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. Jamaican dogwood is LIKELY UNSAFE for children when taken by mouth. They are especially sensitive to the poisons this plant contains. Do not give Jamaican dogwood to children.
Surgery: Stop using Jamaican dogwood at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. Do not take with sedative medications (CNS depressants).
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