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Stillingea Root

Veterinarian Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Stillingea Root


Stillingea root (Stillingia sylvatica) is also called Queen’s Delight, Marcory, Queen’s Root, Yaw Root and Silverleaf. This is a perennial plant that is native to the North American region and in areas where there is warm and tropical weather. It is a plant that has small leaves and yellow to green colored flowers. It may only grow up to 4 feet in height. Stillengea root has been used as a popular herbal remedy for many illnesses of both the upper and lower respiratory tract, as well as for diseases of the gastrointestinal system.

The Stillingea root is just one of the many parts of the Stillingea plant that is used for herbal medicines. The root is known to remove toxins and purify the blood.

History and Origin

Stillingea root is recognized as a treatment for syphilis, a possible treatment for cancer and as a treatment for tuberculosis. It was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia and was approved as the main herbal remedy to treat such conditions. It is also seen as a therapeutic remedy to treat many other illnesses if combined with other herbs to enhance its properties.

Ancient Uses

During ancient times, the Stillingea root was known to cure illnesses of the respiratory system such as cough, colds and flu. It was also known to remove toxins in the blood and purifying it in the process.

Modern Uses

In modern times, the Stillingea root was studied and was reported to contain many chemical properties that can cure illnesses of the lymphatic system. It removes waste products and toxins through stimulating lymphatic movement.

It is also used to treat many illnesses of the gastrointestinal system. It is a laxative to promote good bowel movement and stop constipation. It is also useful in the diseases of the respiratory system; it can relieve bronchial congestion and offer temporary relief for laryngitis and loss of voice. It is also an effective expectorant that can loosen thick mucus to be expelled effectively by coughing.

Stillingea root preparations can also be useful to treat disorders of the skin such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and many other itchy skin conditions.

This herb is also an ingredient in many remedies to relieve discomforts of hemorrhoids. It can offer temporary relief in painful bowel movements for people with hemorrhoids. It treats constipation making bowels pass easily in the rectum and anal area even with internal and external hemorrhoids.

Side Effects

Stillingea root is not meant for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It is also not meant for very young children and babies. If you would like to use Stillingea root for your particular ailment, it is best to consult your doctor for the appropriate dose and to enquire as to any possible adverse reactions to your current medication.
Stillingea root preparations and supplements may not be stored for longer than 2 years. Excess use of this herbal remedy may cause diarrhea and irritation of the gastric mucosa and mucus membranes.
If you wish to use herbal preparations for your illness, it is recommended to purchase from a reputable dealer and to consult a health expert or herbalist regarding the appropriate dosage and possible side effects.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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