back Chionanthus Virginicus

Natural order. - Oleaceae. Common names. - Fringe tree. Old-man's beard. Poison ash. Snow drop tree. Snow flowers. Habitat. - Found on river banks and sandy plains in southern Pennsylvania and southward. Preparation.- Tincture from the fresh bark.

Chionanthus acts specifically upon the liver, causing engorgement and congestion of that organ, with jaundice and constipation, in which condition is found its chief therapeutic use.

Head.- Aching in forehead, chiefly over the eyes. Bilious headaches, sick headache periodical, with coated tongue, nausea and complete anorexia. Nervous headache.

Eyes.- Eyeballs very painful, with pressure over root of nose. Yellow sclerotica. Conjunctiva yellow.

Mouth. - Tongue heavily coated. No appetite.

Abdomen and Stool.- Liver sore ; enlarged, with jaundice and clay -colored stools. Bilious colic. Enlarged spleen.

Urinary Organs.- Urine very dark.

Skin.- Jaundice ; yellow color of skin.

Compare. - Berberis, Cinchona, Calc. c, Chel., Merc, Podo.


Chionanthus is a most valuable liver remedy. It is particularly useful in catarrhal jaundice, but is not indicated in other varieties. There is a no more effective remedy when it is well indicated. Especially useful in the jaundice of childhood and that of pregnant women. Jaundice with arrest of the menses. Especially valuable in engorgement and acute congestion of the liver, with jaundice, constipation, ash-colored stools. An excellent remedy for gall-stones. It is said to prevent their formation and promotes the discharge of those already formed. Biliousness. Bilious headache. Especially useful in periodical sick headaches with heavily coated tongue. Bilious symptoms, sore liver and headache at every menstrual period. Enlarged spleen.

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