Jamaican dogwood


The Jamaican dogwood tree is native to the West Indies, Florida, and Central America. Its scientific names include Piscidia communis, Piscidia erythrina, and Piscidia piscipula. The bark has a bitter taste and unpleasant odor. It is also called fispoison and fishfuddle because of its traditional use in slowing fish in order to make them easier to catch.
Traditional uses of Jamaican dogwood in medicine include pain relief, sedation, menstrual uses, psychiatric uses, gastrointestinal uses, and aid for labor. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence in support of Jamaican dogwood for any use at this time. Jamaican dogwood may be toxic and may cause breathing difficulties, drowsiness, muscular relaxation, and lack of coordination. Medicinal use of Jamaican dogwood is not recommended unless under the care of a healthcare professional.

Related Terms

Barbasco (Spanish - Venezuela), beta-sitosterol, bois à enivrer (French), bois enivrant (French), bois ivrant (French), calcium oxalate, chijol (Spanish - Mexico), cocinte, corce de bois de chien (French), dehydromilletone, dogwood, dogwood Jamaica, ehijol, Erythrina piscipula, Fabaceae (family), fish catching coral tree, fish poison bark, fish poison tree, fishfuddle, fishfudle, fishpoison, fishpoison tree, fish-poison tree, flavonoids, flor de papagallo (Spanish), Florida fish poison tree, Florida fishpoison tree, fukiic acid, glucosides, guana hedionda (Spanish - Cuba), haabi, haabin, Ichthyomethia piscipula, ichthyone, isoflavones, isomilletone, jabin, Jamaica dogwood, Jamaica dogwood bark, Jamaica fish-fuddle tree, Jamaican cornouiller, javin, lisetine, malic acid, milletone, mulungfi, murungfi, palo de zope (Spanish - Guatemala), piscerythrone, piscidia, piscidic acid, piscidin, piscidine, piscidone, resin, resin alkaloid, rotenoids, rotenone, sinicuichi, succinic acid, sumatrol, tannins, tartaric acid, ventura, volatile oil, West Indian dogwood, zopilocuave (Spanish - El Salvador).
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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.