Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)
Fraxini cortex, ash bark.
Fraxini folium, ash leaf.
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.
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.
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.
Preparations of fresh ash bark showed an analgesic, anti-exudative, and antiphlogistic action.