Figwort - Scrophularia Nodosa
This Figwort (Scrophularia nodosa) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.
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.
There was an old formula used in the early 1900’s for cancer based on the leaves and root of this herb that Dr. Eli Jones used and made popular at the time.
Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy.
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Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.
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