Scrophularia nodosa

Figwort - Scrophularia nodosa (in the Scrophulariaceae or Figwort family)

Parts used: Budding aerial parts.

Taste/smell: Slightly bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling, drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 tablespoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Figwort is indicated with enlarged glands anywhere in the body, congested intestines and liver, hemorrhoids, drowsiness, vertigo and mental sluggishness. It can be beneficial with scrofulous skin conditions. The symptoms are worse when lying on the right side.

Use: (a) Diuretic, (b) Anodyne, (c) Alterative with lower abdominal and pelvic emphasis, (d) Lymphagogue.

Figwort is used for chronic skin diseases, enlarged lymphatic glands and hemorrhoids.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.