Scrophularia nodosa

Scrophularia nodosa                                Common name: Figwort

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Part used: Aerial

Constituents: Amino acids (alanine, isoleucine, lysine, phenylalanine, threonine, tyrosine, valine), Iridoids (aucubin, harpagosides, harpagide, catapol), flavonoids, phenolic acids (caffeic, ferulic, vanillic)

Medical actions:  Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, lymphatic, detoxifier, alterative, circulatory stimulant, cardio-active (inotropic), hepatic stimulant, laxative, mild diuretic, vulnerary, anti-rhuematic

Medical uses: Specific for skin conditions like eczema and/or psoriasis, but can be used both internally and topically for any chronic skin condition (especially those accompanied by eruptions, itchiness and irritation). Will promote whole body detoxification and improve metabolic functions, which can be of benefit in rheumatism and gout. Can be used in lymphatic conditions, swellings, swollen lymph nodes and tumors. As a topical application for inflammation, infected wounds, blisters, boils and bruises.


  • Iridoids, aucubin & catapol are purgative.
  • Harpagoside is anti-inflammatory and positively inotropic (will increase myocardial contractions).
  • Phenolic acids are anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anthelmintic. 

Pharmacy: Infusion: 1 tbsp, infuse 15 min, TID. Tincture: 2-4ml TID (1:5, 45%) – weekly max 20ml. Dried herb: 2-8g TID. Capsules: 250mg, 2 caps TID.

Contraindications:  Best to avoid in pregnancy & lactation. Caution with heart conditions and tachycardia.

Toxicity: High doses can be poisonous.

Interactions: Caution with cardiac glycosides.

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