Information on Figwort

Latin NameScrophularia spp.
Other NamesCommon figwort
Part UsedHerb, Root
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Integumentary system, Lymphatic system
CautionsContraindicated in ventricular tachycardia.
Botanical InfoA stout herbaceous perennial plant in the Snapdragon family commonly found in mixed and coniferous woods of the eastern and western U.S., Europe, and other continents. The plant has large, heart-shaped leaves and small purple flowers that are highly attr
DescriptionFigwort herb is taken internally for liver and skin disorders, such as rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and itching. It is applied externally for hemorrhoids, bruises, ringworm, and itching. It is universally recommended for lymphatic swellings, especially in the neck.
In Chinese medicine, a related species, S. ningpoensis, is used to relieve fevers, sore throat, and swollen red eyes associated with general toxemia, adrenal deficiency, and sore throat.

Figwort has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Figwort

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Goutblood purifiertincture
Lymph glands, swollen--acutelymphatic cleansertea


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