Name: Toothache Tree
Biological Name: Zanthoxylum alatum, Zanthoxylum americanum , Zanthoxylum oxyphyllum
Nepali Name: Timur
Sanskrit Name: Tejowati
Other Names: Tumbru, Toothache Tree, Tejbal, Prickly Ash, Yellow wood, Suterberry
Description: This shrub is found in North America, Nepal, India, and Bhutan.
Parts Used: Bark, carpels, carpels of fruits, seeds
Bark: Alkaloids: g-fagarine, b-fagarine (-skimmianine), magnoflorine, laurifoline, nitidine, chelerythrine, tambetarine and candicine
Coumarins: xanthyletin, zanthoxyletin, alloxanthyletin, Resin, tannin, volatile oil.
Branches, fruit and thorns: carminative, stomachic
Bark and Berries: alterative, anti-rheumatic, carminative, diaphoretic, hepatic, stimulant, tonic.
Prickly Ash is used in many chronic problems such a rheumatism and skin diseases; chilblains, cramp in the leg, varicose veins and varicose ulcers. It is also used for low blood pressure, fever, and inflammation. Externally it may be used as a stimulation liniment for rheumatism and fibrositis. It has a stimulating effect upon the lymphatic system, circulation and mucous membranes.
Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the bark and let infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink this three times a day.
Tincture: take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.
Ayurvedic Preparation: Tejowatyadya Grita, Tumbawardi Churna