Archive for January 29th, 2013

Jamaica Dogwood (Piscidia Erythrina)

jamaica dogwoodJamaica dogwood (Piscidia erythrina) is a medicinal plant known also in some localities as Fishfuddle or Florida fishpoison tree. It is a middle-size tropical tree which growth in its natural habitat in southern areas of the United States (Florida, Texas, California, etc.), as well as in Mexico, Panama, Cuba and other countries of the Carribean region. It si well known, first of all, due to excellent sedative effects, and ancient ingenious tribes in North America used to apply Jamaica dogwood extracts in order to sedate fish in the rivers so it would be caught easily. The first scientists from the West started studying the properties of Jamaica dogwood only in the 19th century, and it became known as an excellent natural nervine and headache relief. In modern times, this medicinal plan is used for a variety of health benefits and therapeutic properties, mist of which is described in the list below. (more…)