Health Guide

Queen's delight

What is it?

Queen's delight is an herbal medicine used to treat skin conditions, hemorrhoids, constipation (not able to have a bowel movement), and cough.

Other names for Queen's Delight include: Queen's Root, Stillingia, Stillingia treculeana, Johnst, and Yaw Root.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Queen's Delight you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Queen's Delight. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.


  • Before taking Queen's Delight, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Queen's Delight causes a number of different side effects when used a lot. It should be used with care and never taken in large doses (3)
  • The root should not be used after two years of storage (3)

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Nausea (upset stomach) (4)
  • Large amounts of Queen's Delight may cause dizziness, a burning feeling in the mouth or stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, problems passing urine, rash, cough, tiredness, sweating, and depression (feeling blue or sad) (4,5)


1.Anon: British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. British Herbal Medicine Association, Keighley, UK; 1983.

2. Wren RC: Potter's New Cyclopedia of botanical drugs and Preparations. Saffron Walden, Daniel, UK; 1988.

3. Mills SY: The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism. Thorsons, Wellingborough, UK; 1985.

4. Frohne D & Pfander HJ: A Colour Atlas of Poisonous Plants. Wolfe Pub, London, UK; 1984.

5. Adolf W & Hecker E: New irritant diterpene-esters from roots of Stillingia sylvatica L. (Euphorbiaceae). Tetrahedron Lett 1980; 21:2887-2890.

6. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R et al (eds). American Herbal Product's Association's Botanical Safety Handbook: guidelines for the safe use and labeling for herbs in commerce. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1997.

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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