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The Medical Flora of Kansas: Sedum - Stylosanthes.

Sedum pulchellum or ternatum. Stone-crop. Flowering plant. It is thought to have properties similar to the S. acre, whose influence is directed to the nerve centres, relieving irritation.

Senecio aureus. Golden senecio, life-root. Fresh herb. This agent directs its energies upon the reproductive organs of the female, in the form of a tonic. It has, it is said, but slight influence upon the male.

Sida spinosa. Plant. In domestic practice, a remedy in chronic diarrhea, summer complaints of children, etc.

Silphium lancinatum. Rosin-weed. Flowering tops. Its action is directly upon the nerve centres, controlling the respiratory organs. In asthma, in dry spasmodic cough, it has been used with benefit.

Silphium perfoliatum. Indian cup-plant. Fresh root. It is recommended as a remedy for ague-cake, congestions of the liver and spleen in chronic chills.

Sium latifolium or lineare (Sium suave). Water or cow parsnip. This is very similar, in its medicinal properties, to the Cicuta.

Smilax herbacea. Jacob's ladder. Possesses strong diuretic and lithotripic properties.

Solanum dulcamara. Bittersweet. Twigs. It seems to have an influence upon the circulation, and is alterative and narcotic.

Solanum nigrum. Black nightshade. Blossoming herb. This agent is a direct stimulant to the capillaries, improving their circulation. It relieves congestion of the nerve-centres, controlling the kidneys.

Solidago rigida. Hard-leaved Goldenrod. Plant. It is said that none but the S. odora is medicinal; but this is a mistake. This is said to be a more useful remedy than the S. odora, and may be used for the same purposes as a diaphoretic and stimulant; also to promote the menstrual flow, and to relieve colic and gastric irritation.

Solidago virgaurea. Plant. This is another species of marked stimulant, anodyne, irritant and carminative properties, similar to the preceding, and may be substituted for it. (No longer found in Kansas - if ever, being a European plant—MM)

Spirea tomentosa. Hardhack, or steeple-bush. Root. This agent is astringent and tonic. It has been used in passive hemorrhages, gleet, leucorrhea, diarrhea, etc.

Staphylea trifolia. Bladder-nut. Root. A tonic similar in its action to the Ptelea trifoliata.

Stillingia sylvatica. Queen's root. Root. This agent seems to have a direct action upon the lymphatic system, giving good blood. It is an alterative, with an influence directed to mucous membranes and the skin.

Stylosanthes elatior or Trifolium biflorum (Stylosanthes biflora). Pencil-flower. It is said to relieve false pains and abdominal uneasiness during the last months of pregnancy. A preparative for the parturient state.


Transactions of the National Eclectic Medical Association, Vol. X, 1882-83, edited by Alexander Wilder.



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