|Botanical Nomenclature||Scrofularia nodosa|
|Common Name||Common Figwort, Figwort, Woodland Figwort|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Scrofularia nodosa is a perennial plant growing from 80 to 120cm, with triangular, pointy, oval, wavy, opposite leaves and small, brown, globular flowers in cob (bunches). It blossoms in spring and summer and the harvesting takes place from June to August.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Pindos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Stems, leaves, roots|
|Active Substances||Diosmin, Hesperidin (saponins), glycosides, flavonoids, resin, polysaccharides, organic acids|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has soothing properties and it is applied externally for the treatment of various skin problems as eczema, psoriasis, pruritus (itching), skin irritation, swelling and scarring. Also, it has diuretic and laxative properties and is recommended for the treatment of constipation.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered in the form of herbal tea (a spoon of dried flowers, 3 times a day) and in the form of tincture (1: 5 parts of dried plant and ethyl alcohol 70%, 2-4mL, 3 times a day), in combination with other digestive herbs against constipation.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||Tachycardia may be observed. Overdosing may cause poisoning.|
|References||1) Bιβλίο: Τα φαρμακευτικά βότανα και οι θεραπευτικές τους ιδιότητες, Λάμπρου Π. Σπύρου, Αγροτικός εκδοτικός οίκος, Αθήνα 1981, Β' τόμος, σελίδες: 564-565 2) Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδες 264-265, 3) http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_figwort.htm 4)http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Scrophularia_nodosa 5)http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail478.php 6)http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Scro-n|