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Ash for joint and urinary tract problems

by Josephine Andrews
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The common ash is traditionally used for joint pain and urinary tract problems. The effect is based on anti-inflammatory, analgesic and diuretic ingredients. Read more about the ash as a medicinal plant!

What healing power is in ash leaves?

Common Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) contains ingredients with anti-inflammatory, analgesic and diuretic properties. Its traditional use for mild joint pain (such as gout and rheumatism) and urinary tract problems therefore seems sensible. In the second case, the effect of the plant is based on an increase in the amount of urine, which flushes the urinary tract. In this way, pathogens such as a bladder infection are flushed out more easily.

The leaves of the ash contain, among other things, iridoid bitter substances, flavonoids, tannins and derivatives of hydroxycinnamic acid. The bark contains, for example, iridoid bitter substances, tannins and coumarins.

How is ash used?

The leaves collected and dried in early summer (Fraxini folium) and the bark of younger twigs (Fraxini cortex) are used for therapeutic purposes.

A tea can be prepared from the dried ash leaves: 1.5 to 5 grams of the finely chopped medicinal drug are poured over 150 milliliters of boiling water and strained after about ten minutes. You can drink a cup several times a day, with the recommended daily dose being 10 to 30 grams of the medicinal drug.

The bark of the ash, on the other hand, is not suitable for a tea infusion. However, alcoholic extracts of the fresh bark are available in drop form. Information on use and dosage can be found in the package insert or can be obtained from the doctor or pharmacist.

The ash is often used in combination with other medicinal plants.

What side effects can the ash cause?

There are no known side effects for the leaves or bark of the ash tree.

What you should consider when using ash leaves

If you use the leaves of the ash tree to flush the urinary tract, you must also drink plenty of fluids.

In the case of urinary tract problems, it makes sense to combine it with other medicinal plants such as restharrow root, nettle or birch leaves when preparing the tea .

Anyone suffering from heart failure or kidney disease should not use ash leaf preparations.

See a doctor if you experience fever, urinary retention, urinary cramps, or blood in the urine while being treated for urinary tract symptoms. In the case of joint problems, a doctor’s visit is advisable if the joints swell inflamed or you get a fever.

There have been no studies on the safety of using ash in pregnant women, breastfeeding women or children and adolescents under the age of 18. Those affected should therefore not take any ash leaf products.

How to get ash and its products

You can get ash leaves to prepare tea as well as corresponding ready-made preparations in the pharmacy. For correct use, please read the enclosed package information or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Worth knowing about the ash

About 60 species of the plant genus ash (Fraxinus) are found everywhere north of the equator. In our regions, the deciduous common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is the most common. The tree, which is up to 30 (rarely 40) meters high, grows in hornbeam, floodplain and hillside forests and has large, imparipinnate leaves.

Even before the leaves emerge , inconspicuous flowers sprout in dense panicles from April to May from the typical black winter buds of the ash tree . From them, winged fruits develop until late summer, which hang down on thin stalks.

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