St Vituss Dance

(Chorea) Hawthorn MISTLETOE was used in Lincolnshire for the complaint (Gutch & Peacock). Thornton claimed that "St Vitus's Dance, and spasmodic asthma, have yielded to these flowers" (LADY'S SMOCK). WOOD SAGE has been used for the condition (Vickery. 1995). There is a recipe from Alabama for St Vitus's Dance : "one ounce skullcap (VIRGINIAN SKULLCAP, Scutellaria laterifolia), one ounce feverweed (Verbena syriaca, perhaps?), one ounce Lady's Slipper (Cypripodium Calceolus). Take half of each one, put in a quart jar filled with boiling water, and seal. Let it stand for two hours, then take a wineglassful three times a day" (R B Browne). A Warwickshire prescription was to take the root of STINKING IRIS, and boil it in ale (porter, to be specific), strain it off, and drink the liquor (F G Savage).

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