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Jamaican Dog Wood

by Brian Glover
(SF, CA)

My wife and I just found your site and really enjoying the wealth of information. My wife is an information freak, and she is extremely curious as to the botanical name for Jamaican Dog Weed.

Could you shed some light on this or provide a detailed source on the subject? She has heard of Jamaican Dogwood, but I suspect they are not the same. Keep up the good work!



Hi Brian,

For what I know Jamaican Dog Weed and Dog Wood, also spelled Jamaica Dogwood is the same plant.

The scientific names is Piscidia erythrina or Piscidia piscipula.

Jamaica Dogwood has been used as a traditional remedy for treating nerve pain, migraine, insomnia, anxiety, and nervous tension. Scientific studies show that bark extracts of this plant have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties.
Jamaica Dogwood helps relieve smooth muscle spasms.

It is used in fertility and women’s health to treat fibroids, endometriosis and painful menses.

Many Blessings!

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