TREE OF HEAVEN

OTHER NAME(S):

Ailante, Ailante Glanduleux, Ailanthus altissima, Ailanthus cacodendron, Ailanthus giraldii, Ailanthus glandulosa, Ailanthus vilmoriniana, Ailanto, A-Lan-Thus, Árbol del Cielo, Chinese Sumach, Chuen Gen Pi, Chun Pi, Copal Tree, Frêne Puant, Faux-Vernis du Japon, Heaven Tree, Indian Tree of Heaven, Paradise Tree, Rhus cacodendron, Stinktree, Toxicodendron altissimum, Varnish Tree, Vernis de Chine, Vernis de Japon.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Tree of heaven is a plant. The dried bark from the trunk and root are used for medicine. Until recently, tree of heaven was used only in folk medicine. But now, it is being investigated as a potential drug.

Tree of heaven is used for diarrhea, asthma, cramps, epilepsy, fast heart rate, gonorrhea, malaria, and tapeworms. It has also been used as a bitter and a tonic.

Some women use tree of heaven for vaginal infections and menstrual pain.

In foods, the young leaves of the tree of heaven are eaten.

In manufacturing, tree of heaven is used as insecticide.

How does it work?

Some researchers think that chemicals in the bark of tree of heaven may have drying effects, decrease fever, and decrease spasms. Other chemicals found in tree of heaven might kill worms and parasites and have some effects against cancer cells.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of tree of heaven for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

It is not known if tree of heaven is safe. But when taken in large amounts, tree of heaven bark can cause queasiness, dizziness, headache, limb tingling, and diarrhea.

In research, some animals died after being given tree of heaven.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of tree of heaven during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for TREE OF HEAVEN Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of tree of heaven 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 tree of heaven. 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:

  • Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.

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