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(Zanthoxylum americanum) Many Indian tribes used the root and bark to cure their toothache (Weiner), and the shrub was actually called Toothache Tree. D E Jones says his Comanche medicine woman uses a root infusion for fevers. The powdered root is also used in the treatment of toothache and burns. For toothache the powder is wrapped in a piece of cloth and this tiny bundle is put next to the bad tooth, and this causes a numb feeling in the mouth. For burns, the powdered root is sprinkled dry on the burnt area. The plant is used in domestic medicine, too. Alabama people looked on the bark tea as a good tonic (R B Browne), and African-Americans used this as a blood purifier (Berdoe).

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