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figwort

Herbal medicine
A perennial shrub that contains flavonoids, resin and saponins, which is used topically for haemorrhoids, ulcers and wounds; it was formerly administered internally for tuberculosis and lymph node swelling.
 
Toxic effects
Figwort should not be used internally, given its intense purgative, emetic and cardioactive properties.

figwort,

n Latin name:
Scrophularia nodosa, Scrophularia ningpoensis; parts used: buds (dried), leaves (dried); uses: antiinflammatory, epidermal maladies, digestive disturbances, cardiac aid; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; patients with grave heart disease; can cause low heart rate, cardiac block, asystole, nausea, diarrhea. Also called
carpenter's square, kernelwort, rose-noble, scrofula plant, square stalk, stinking christopher, and
throatwort.
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