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prickly ash

These are trees in the Rue family, with sharp thorns sticking out of branches and even the trunk. Northern (30ft,10m) and Southern (45ft, 15m) Prickly Ash are examples. Anti-fungal bark is used as a stimulant, to prevent constriction of blood vessels by insulin. Provides magnoflorine for proper blood flow and xanthoxyclin for circulation. Also used for mouth, throat, stomach, pancreas, digestive system, kidneys, gas, cramping, bloating, pain. Berries used as mouthwash for toothache or powdered as toothpaste. Historically used for dysentery, colic, eruptive diseases, and as a nervous system stimulant for paralysis etc. Berries have stronger effect, but bark is more bitter, which is better for digestion, bile, stomach, liver and gallbladder. Constituents and compounds are strong, so take it easy.
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Add to it an egg (25 cents extra) which basically cooks in the broth, spice it up with some Japanese pepper flakes, and you have a satisfying, warming meal in a bowl.
Try sancho, a tangy Japanese pepper blend; Szechwan peppercorns roasted with salt in a frying pan until fragrant and finely ground in a blender; Mexican or Italian seasoning mixtures; and other herb blends.
Ask for some Japanese pepper flakes to spice up the soup.

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