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Ash

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What other names is Ash known by?

Bird's Tongue, Common Ash, European Ash, Fraxinus americana, Fraxinus excelsior, Franc Frêne, Frêne, Frêne d'Amérique, Frêne Blanc, Frêne Blanc d'Amérique, Frêne Commun, Frêne Élevé, Frêne Franc, Fresno Americano, Fresno Blanco, Grand Frêne, Weeping Ash, White Ash.

What is Ash?

Ash is a plant. The bark and leaf are used to make medicine.

People take ash for fever, arthritis, gout, constipation, fluid retention, and bladder problems. It is also used as a tonic.

Don't confuse ash with northern prickly ash or southern prickly ash.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Gout. Gout occurs when too much of a chemical called uric acid accumulates in the blood. Early research suggests that taking a combination product containing ash bark and Smilax glabra root (Rebixiao granules) by mouth reduces levels uric acid in the blood better than the drug diclofenac in people with gout.
  • Fever.
  • Arthritis.
  • Bladder problems.
  • Constipation.
  • Increasing urine production to relieve water retention (as a diuretic).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ash for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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