Although the common name Jamaican Dogwood (Piscidia piscipula) refers to one of the countries where you can find this shrubby, medium-sized deciduous tree, it is also native to Southern Florida, the West Indies, and Texas. Native Americans of the West Indies discovered that the bark of this tree would tranquilize fish so that they could be caught by hand. The bark does have properties that help to modulate pain and tension and has been used traditionally in its native ranges for this purpose. The root bark and bark have also been used to help with menstrual cramps and it contains some isoflavonoid compounds (jamaicine, ichtynone, milletone) that have sedative properties. It has been used to support a healthy inflammatory response, promote comfort for occasional aches and pains, including headaches and cramps, as well as stress and tension.
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