Tree of heaven, shade tree, Chinese sumac, copal tree.
Key Uses:Fevers with great weakness and congestion of the bloodMononucleosis, with swollen tonsils and neck glands
Origin : Native to China and India, but can now also be found growing in North America, Europe, and Australia.
Background : In Australia and Asia, the tree’s bark was used for profuse vaginal discharge, gonorrhea, worms, malaria, and asthma. Chinese herbalists use it to treat diarrhea and dysentery.
Preparation : The fresh, budding flowers are macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : Ailanthus is best suited to those who feel extremely weak when ill, and frequently behave in a stupid, dull, and confused way. They may feel anxious, odd, or even crazy. Key symptoms indicating that this remedy is suitable are fevers with great weakness and congestion of the blood, which typically gives the skin a purple, mottled, swollen appearance. Ailanthus is often given for acute bouts of mononucleosis with swollen tonsils and neck glands. Pain extends from the neck glands to the ears on swallowing. The tonsils on the left side are mainly affected, and may develop oozing mucus or ulcers.
Symptoms Better : For lying on the right side; for hot drinks.
Symptoms Worse : For skin eruptions that fail to develop; for the slightest movement; for sitting up; for the sight of food.