Scientific names: Ailanthus altissima, Ailanthus cacodendron, Ailanthus giraldii, Ailanthus glandulosa, Ailanthus vilmoriniana, Rhus cacodendron, Toxicodendron altissimum
Alternate names: Ailante, Ailante Glanduleux, 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, Stinktree, Varnish Tree, Vernis de Chine, Vernis de Japon
Tree of heaven is a plant. The dried bark from the trunk and root are sometimes used in folk medicine.
Tree of heaven is used for diarrhea, asthma, cramps, epilepsy, fast heart rate, gonorrhea, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In manufacturing, tree of heaven is used as insecticide.
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if tree of heaven is safe. It might cause queasiness, dizziness, headache, and diarrhea.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if tree of heaven is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
- Menstrual pain.
- Fast heart rate.
- Use as a tonic.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of tree of heaven for these uses.
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.
Interactions with pharmaceuticals
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)
Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Tree of heaven might slow blood clotting. Taking tree of heaven along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid), and others.
Interactions with herbs & supplements
Herbs and supplements that might slow blood clotting: Using tree of heaven with other herbs that can slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bleeding in some people. These other herbs include angelica, clove, danshen, ginger, ginkgo, red clover, turmeric, vitamin E, willow, and others.
There are no known interactions with foods.
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.
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