Herb Reference Guide

Figwort

History

Figwort or Carpenter's square as it was known to the Eclectic Physicians has over 200 species listed in most botany books. All these species share the same square stems, opposite leaves and terminal clusters of bi-lipped flowers. Bees love the nectar from figwort plants. The name scropularia comes from the medical term "scrofula" which is another name for a Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in the lymph glands of the neck.

Function

It has been used primarily to assist with conditions of the skin where swelling and disrupted lymphatic function contribute*. It can be considered an alterative, an herb that alters the constitution and composition of blood and lymph by restoring the correct removal of cellular waste and encouraging the uptake of nutrition by the cell*.

Uses of Figwort

Disclaimer

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents

(due to the Federal Government Shutdown, the Phytochemical Database through the USDA is not available to reference this as of writing 10.7.2013)

Parts Used

  • aerial parts

Important precautions

Not for use during pregnancy. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use. Avoid figwort in cases of excessively rapid heartbeat (tachycardia).

Additional Resources

Giner RM, Villalba ML, Recio MC, Mñez S, Cerd-Nicols M, Ros J. Anti-inflammatory glycoterpenoids from Scrophularia auriculata, Eur J Pharmacol. 2000 Feb 18;389(2-3):243-52.