Ash bark and leaf (Fraxinus excelsior)

Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

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Name of Drug

Fraxini cortex, ash bark.
Fraxini folium, ash leaf.

Composition of Drug

Ash bark consists of the bark of young branches of Fraxinus excelsior L. [Fam. Oleaceae], as well as preparations thereof. Ash leaf consists of the leaf of F. excelsior L., as well as preparations thereof.

Uses

Preparations of ash bark are used for fever and as a tonic. Their effectiveness is not verified. Preparations of ash leaf are used for arthritis, gout, and bladder complaints, as a laxative and as a diuretic.

The effectiveness for the claimed applications has not been documented.

Risks

None known.

Evaluation

Since the effectiveness for the claimed applications has not been documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.

The effectiveness of ash in fixed combinations must be verified specifically by each preparation to receive a positive evaluation.

Actions

Preparations of fresh ash bark showed an analgesic, anti-exudative, and antiphlogistic action.