MOUNTAIN ASH

OTHER NAME(S):

Arbre aux Grives, Corbier d'Europe, Eberesche, Ebereschenbeeren, European Mountain-Ash, Pyrus aucuparia, Quickbeam, Rowan, Rowan Tree, Serbal de los Cazadores, Sorb Apple, Sorbi Acupariae Fructus, Sorbier d'Europe, Sorbier des Oiseaux, Sorbier des Oiseleurs, Sorbier des Oiseliers, Sorbier Sauvage, Sorbus aucuparia, Witchen.

Overview

Overview Information

Mountain ash is a plant. People use the berries and flowers to make medicine. The berries may be used fresh, dried, or cooked and then dried.

People take mountain ash for diabetes, diarrhea, gout, heart disease, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific research to support any of these uses. Eating large amounts of fresh mountain ash berries can also be unsafe.

In manufacturing, mountain ash is used as an ingredient in marmalade, stewed fruit, juice, liqueur, vinegar, and in tea mixtures.

How does it work?

Mountain ash berries contain many chemicals, including vitamin C. There isn't enough information to know how the berries might work for the conditions it is sometimes used for.

Mountain ash leaves also contain many chemicals. Some of these chemicals might reduce swelling (inflammation) and fight off damaging chemicals known as "reactive oxygen species" in the body.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of mountain ash for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Fresh mountain ash berries are POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Eating large amounts can cause stomach irritation and pain, vomiting, queasiness, diarrhea, kidney damage, and other side effects. There isn't enough reliable information to know if dried or cooked mountain ash berries are safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's POSSIBLY UNSAFE to use large amounts of fresh mountain ash berries. Not enough is known about the safety of dried or cooked berries. Stay on the safe side and avoid using any mountain ash product.

Kidney disease: There is a chemical in mountain ash berries that might harm the kidneys. If you have kidney disease, don't risk making it worse by taking mountain ash berries.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for MOUNTAIN ASH Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of mountain ash depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for mountain ash. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Olszewska MA, Kolodziejczyk-Czepas J, Rutkowska M, et al. The effect of standardised flower extracts of Sorbus aucuparia L. on proinflammatory enzymes, multiple oxidants, and oxidative/nitrative damage of human plasma components in vitro. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2019;2019:9746358. View abstract.

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