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Jamaican Dogwood Purchase & Information

Alternative Names

Cornouiller de Jamaïque, Chijol, Dogwood Jamaica, Fish Poison Bark, Fishfudle, Fish-Poison Tree, Jamaican Cornouiller, Jabín, Piscidia, West Indian Dogwood CAUTION: Please refer to separate listing for Dogwood

Scientific Name

Piscidia Erythrina

Why Do People Use Jamaican Dogwood?

Oral preparations of Piscidia erythrina (Jamaican dogwood), like Jamaican dogwood powder, are used as a daytime sedative, for neuralgia, fear and anxiety, migraine, dysmenorrhea and insomnia (particularly disturbance in sleep timing because of nervous tension).

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Unsafe - There are some reports that relate Jamaican dogwood powder with toxic side effects when it is consumed for self-medication. This activity is particularly observed in individuals who are old aged and sensitive to potent neuro-muscular depressants. Likely Unsafe for Infants - Oral usage of Piscidia erythrina should be avoided for small children. Particularly children who are sensitive to potent neuro-muscular depressants. Likely Unsafe for Pregnancy - Oral usage of Jamaican dogwood is thought to be unsafe for pregnant women as well because it may have uterine depressant impacts for them. Likely Unsafe for Lactation - Breastfeeding women should also avoid oral usage of Jamaican dogwood powder.

How Effective Is Jamaican Dogwood?

Regarding the effectiveness of Jamaican dogwood there is lack of reliable information available.

How Jamaican Dogwood Works?

The most effective part of Piscidia erythrina is its root bark. According to a research conducted on animals, Jamaican dogwood extract has sedative, marked antipyretic and antitussive activities. It also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory actions on soft muscles of the body. The results of in vitro studies have shown that the antispasmodic effects of Jamaican dogwood’s extract are as strong as papaverine's. The rotenone constituent appears to have some anticancer activity towards human epidermoid carcinoma and lymphocytic leukemia of the nasopharynx; paradoxically rotenone is also known to have carcinogenic effects. Rotenone is lethal to insects, animals and various species of fish when adminstered parenterally, however it is non-toxic when used orally. There is another constituent ichtynone that appears to be toxic for fish.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Jamaican Dogwood?

Orally - Jamaican dogwood powder is toxic and irritant for human health. Its excessive dosage may lead to numbness, sweating, tremors and salivation.

How Jamaican Dogwood Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Supplements & Herbs with Sedative Properties - Concomitant use of Piscidia erythrina with herbs having sedative properties may lead to increased adverse and therapeutic effects. Supplements and herbs in such category include supplements calamus, include hops, kava, yerba mansa, 5-HTP, catnip, California poppy, skullcap, valerian and other supplements.

How Jamaican Dogwood Interacts With Drugs?

CNS Depressants - Interaction rating between Jamaican dogwood powder and CNS depressants is major so don’t not take this mixture. Jamaican dogwood may also have sedative impacts for some individuals.

How Jamaican Dogwood Interacts With Foods?

There is no known interaction between Jamaican dogwood powder and various food items.

How Jamaican Dogwood Interacts With Lab Tests?

There is no interaction between Piscidia erythrina and with various lab tests.

How Jamaican Dogwood Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Surgery - There are CNS depressant impact related to the use of Piscidia erythrina. Jamaican dogwood powder may be responsible for additive CNS depression when mixed with anesthetics. So doctors are advised to tell patients to discontinue Jamaican dogwood powder at least before two weeks of suggested surgical activities.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Jamaican Dogwood?

There is no typical dosage of Jamaican dogwood.



General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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