Stillingia, The Queens-Deight, has long been a popular remedy for syphilis in the southern states of U.S.
T. Y. Symons introduced it into professional medicine, and Hale to homœopathy.
H. R. Frost, A. B. Nichols, J. M. Cunningham, and others proved it, chewing the root or taking the tincture. One prover chewed the bark. The proving shows an action closely parallel with that of syphilis, attacking the genito-urinary organs, throat (pharynx, larynx, and trachea), mouth, head, and bones. I have cured with it syphilitic cough of the hoarse, barking type. In one case of secondary syphilis the patient (who was taking Still. 1) complained that the medicine made his legs and feet feel tired and his feet feel sore. Still. attacks the periosteum and produces pain in the bone. It has removed nodes on the forehead, tibia, and elsewhere, and arrested caries of the nasal bones. Pain in the cranial bones and the headaches of syphilis. It is not confined to syphilitic cases in its action. It has a popular repute in scrofula, skin affections, liver diseases, and rheumatism─all of which the provings confirm. One prover was cured of a pustular eruption during the proving.
In chronic rheumatism Hale classes it with Phyt. and K. iod. Peculiar Sensations are: As of a heavy substance pressing on brain. Tongue as if scalded (Still. has the irritating properties of the Euphorbians). As if room were too warm. Pains are sharp, shooting, darting. The cartilages of larynx and trachea are sore and feel bruised. Dryness is a common feature. Hale quotes a case of secondary syphilis treated by Preston, one of the provers.
The patient, a man, suffered extreme torture from bone pains. After receiving Still. he slept well. The immense nodes disappeared from head and legs; and “from the most deplorable, down-hearted (sometimes almost raving from derangement), miserable, thin-looking object, he changed into a buoyant, joking, rotund-looking fellow.” The symptoms were pain in forearm. itching of legs.
Depression of spirits; and gloomy forebodings.─Intellect dull and stupid.
Dizziness and throbbing in head.─Persistent dull headache in vertex.─Dull, heavy pain in r. side of head.─In frontal region a feeling as of a heavy substance pressing on brain, becoming sharp and darting, almost unendurable.─Pains in head, with inflamed and watery eyes, and general soreness of muscles.─Sharp darting pains in r. occipital protuberance.─Mercurial, syphilitic, and catarrhal headaches.─Bone swellings in head and forehead, in latter size of hen’s eggs.─Mercurial periostitis of skull.
Eyes inflamed and watery, with severe headache and general muscular soreness, as if he had taken cold.─Sharp darting pain over l. eye; lachrymation of both eyes, esp. after reading; r. eye <. burning in l. ear evening next morning a vesicular eruption. catarrhal discharge first watery then muco-purulent followed by small abscesses on inside of r. nostril. sensation nostril a.m. waking. bones nose. pains under malar bone extending transversely through face. darting face with frontal headache. facial bones. paroxysms neuralgic toothache. coated heavily yellowish white feels rough and sore. tongue soreness region larynx. mouth fauces. salty bitter morning. flow saliva. smarting stinging dryness rawness throat. fauces throat to stomach any attempt swallow. appetite: increased lost. vomiting ingesta. daily p.m. bedtime. constipation. salivation. empty stomach. griping cramps torpidity liver jaundice great depression both hypochondria. hypochondrium passage flatus. periodical. pain hypogastric region. severe attack piles lasting several weeks. rectum sphincter stool tenesmus half an hour after. loose irregular. copious acid frothy bilious papescent like curds dysenteric. stools delayed. dull kidneys. urine. whole length urethra micturition difficulty voiding flocculent mucous sediment. micturating sharp glans up so as cause perspiration. drawing testis. tearing ovaries pained very severely. leucorrh rheumatic pains. laryngitis esp. if syphilitic hoarseness dry spasmodic cough or may be loose. chronic laryngeal affections public speakers. uneasiness tickling trachea bronchi rising which="dry," cough. lame feeling seemingly cartilages trachea. hacking deep oppression chest. thorax short chest shoulders. aching above clavicle. sternum. phthisis persons strumous habit. boring about heart irregular pulse. weak back down thighs legs. sitting lumbar forwards. elbow leg pulsating soreness. scapula runs neck. humerus. shooting arms from middle third humerus fingers. large node olecranon. towards shoulder head slighter wrist. leg. lower anterior tibia such degree deprive the child all power motion limbs contracted swollen. legs venereal indolent. nodes tibia. gonorrh sciatica complaints feet feel tired muscles over he had taken cold. emaciated. lasted eight seemed>; much from the aggravation only by covering with flannel or getting into bed.
(Pustular eruptions healed rapidly during the proving.).─Itching and burning-itching of legs