Queens' Root - Stillingia Sylvatica

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This Queen's root (Stillingia sylvatica) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Queen's root - Stillingia sylvatica in the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family

Part used: Fresh root.

Taste/smell: Acrid.

Tendencies: Stimulating.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water, infused 25 minutes; or 1:1.4 fresh strength liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-3 tim es per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Queen's root is indicated for chronic laryngeal irritation, enlarged cervical lymphatic nodes and congested lymphatics in general. It is specific for red, glistening mucous membranes with scanty secretion. The tongue has a white or yellow coating. There is a feeling of gloom, foreboding and dull mindedness. Symptoms are worse in afternoons, damp air and with motion and better in the morning and dry air.

Use: (a) Lymphagogue, (b) Alterative, (c) Emetic, (d) Cathartic.

Queen's root promotes secretory activity of mucous membranes and removal of catabolic wastes. It is indicated for tonsillitis, laryngitis, croup, mastitis, congested lymphatic system and chronic rheumatism. Externally, it is used as a fresh poultice or in oil-form for mastitis and swollen lymph nodes.

Contraindications: This fresh plant can be toxic when used internally in excessive doses. Toxic symptoms are gastroenteritis, bile-filled diarrhea, vomiting, tachycardia, muscular weakness and prostration. It is contraindicated during pregnancy.

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