Rhus

(BAN, USAN, rINN)

💊 Chemical information

Sumach Berries; Zumaque.

Pharmacopoeias.

Br. includes Toxicodendron Quercifolium for Homoeopathic Preparations.

BP 2008

(Toxicodendron Quercifolium for Homoeopathic Preparations). Fresh, young, not yet lignified shoots, with leaves, of Toxicodendron quercifolium. The shoots contain a yellowishwhite milky sap that is a strong cutaneous irritant and darkens the skin. Contact with the skin and mucous membranes is to be avoided.

💊 Profile

Rhus consists of the dried fruits of the smooth or Pennsylvanian sumach, Rhus glabra (Anacardiaceae). It has astringent and reputed diuretic properties. R. aromatica has been used similarly to R. glabra. Poison ivy (R. radicans) and poison oak (R. toxicodendron), species growing in the USA, contain irritant poisons, such as urushiol, that produce severe contact dermatitis. Extracts of poison ivy and poison oak have been used for the prophylaxis of poison ivy dermatitis but their effectiveness has not been proved. The spice sumac is prepared from the berries of R. coriaria.

Homoeopathy.

Some Rhus spp. are used in homoeopathic medicine. Poison oak has been used in homoeopathic medicines under the following names: Toxicodendron quercifolium; Rhus toxicodendron; Rhus. tox.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Multi-ingredient: Austral.: Joint & Muscle Cream; Chile: Rhus Opodeldoc; Ger.: Hicoton†; Rhus-Rheuma-Gel N.
Published May 08, 2019.