Stillingia: Overview

Alternative names: Yaw Root, Queen's Root, Queen's Delight, Marcory, Pavil, Silverleaf, Cockup Hat

Stillingia is a highly-regarded herbal remedy with a long history of use in benefiting skin, liver, immune system, respiratory and other conditions.

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Stillingia Root is called an "alterative" – an herb used to convert an unhealthy condition into a healthy state and facilitate a beneficial change in the body.

History; Source

The root of Stillingia sylvatica was official in the USP until 1926 and in the National Formulary until 1947.  Stillingia was considered an alternative cure for syphilis by many of the eclectic physicians in the 19th century.

Stillingia is still occasionally added to formulas used for the cleansing of the lymph and blood systems.  Herbalists in the south-eastern United States often find uses for it with their patients.

Function; Why it is Recommended

Stillingia root contains tannins, gums, starches, and volatile oils among other minor constituents.  In small doses, stillingia is thought to exert a stimulatory action on the lymphatic and secretory systems.

In larger doses, stillingia can act as an emetic (induce vomiting) and laxative.

Stillingia Root is considered especially effective for the lymphatic system.  It has been used to rid the body of toxins and cleanse and purify the blood, as well as relieve bronchial complaints.  The astringent qualities of its tannins have made it useful in alleviating painful hemorrhoids.

Stillingia is used to relieve bronchial congestion and laryngitis/loss of voice.  It is considered to be a powerful expectorant that helps to bring up and expel phlegm from the lungs and relieve a dry, hacking cough.

Stillingia has been used in small doses as a laxative to alleviate constipation.

It has been used to improve chronic skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

Side-Effects; Counter-Indicators and Warnings

Large doses can lead to rapid evacuation of the bowel and vomiting, and are not recommended.

Pregnant and nursing women should not use Stillingia.  It should only be used under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider.

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