Jamaican Dogwood

Jamaican dogwood (Piscidia erythrina; piscidia) is a shrub found in tropical America and the West Indies. The medicine is derived from the bark. Jamaican dogwood has several pain-relieving effects. These include sedative, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic (smooth muscle) effects.10 Historically, this herb has been used to treat neuralgia, migraine headaches, toothaches, insomnia, and smooth-muscle spasms (GI spasms). The herb has also been used for

Table 27-1. Botanicals for Treating Pain

Latin Bionomials

Common Names

Doses

Piscidia erythrina

Jamaican dogwood

Dried root bark: piscidia 2-4 g or

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