Also known as
Piscidia piscipula, Piscidia erythrina, Fishpoison tree
Piscidia piscipula, also known as Jamaican dogwood is a tropical shrub in the Legume or Fabaceae family of plants and was historically used by Native Americans as a sedative, pain reliever, and fish poison. The bark produces a potent physical and mental relaxation when consumed, and when submerged into water produces a potent sedative effect upon fish swimming in the affected area, allowing for easy capture.
rotenone, isoflavones, organic acids, beta-sitosterol, tannins.
Types: Shredded bark or powdered
Jamaican dogwood bark can be effectively brewed into tea to produce sedative, analgesic, and muscle relaxing effects. Recommended dose is 1-2 teaspoons of bark, simmered for 3-5 minutes.
Jamaican dogwood bark has been reported to be effective in relieving headaches, insomnia, and musculoskeletal pain. It works as an effective alternative to more popular analgesics but does not work in a narcotic manner, and is non-addictive, seeming to relax the entire body in a very holistic manner. Combines well with other sedatives and pain relievers, such as corydalis, kava, wood betony, hops, and lavender.
Jamaican dogwood contains a compound known as rotenone, rotenone is a toxin to lower life forms and cold blooded animals, however its long term safety is debated in mammals. It is best to use Jamaican dogwood only when necessary for this purpose until more is known regarding the safety of the compound.
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