The roots of the fringe tree are dried and used to treat liver and gallbladder disease in traditional American folk medicine, often in combination with barberry and other herbs containing berberine. The root acts as a bitter,stimulating release of bile, which increases gastric secretion and improved appetite and digestion.
Fringe tree, Chionanthus virginica is small tree or shrub that is native to Eastern North America.
The genus Chionanthus is also found in the tropics and subtropics, in eastern Asia. Most of the tropical species are evergreen. The common name fringe tree, or Old man's bead refers to the white flowers with fringe-like petals.
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History and Traditions & Folklore
Native Americans used Fringe tree bark as a poultice for healing wounds.
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