Scientific name: Scrophularia nodosa

Common names: Heal-All, Carpenter’s Square, Scrofula Plant, Throatwort, Kernelwort

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Arabic names:   الغدبية (al ghadbiyyah)

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Family: Schrophulariaceae

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Whole herb


Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: 2 to 4 feet

Actions:  Alterative, anodyne, diuretic, depurative, exanthematous, purgative, heart stimulant

Known Constituents:  Saponins, cardioactive glycosdies, flavanoids, resin, sugar

Constituents Explained:


Figwort is a perennial plant that grows 2-4 feet high; the knobby rootstock is brown outside, whitish and fibrous inside. The erect, quadrangular, glabrous stem bears opposite, ovate to lanceolate, serrate leaves with an offensive odor

Traditional Use:

Internally and externally it is used on the skin for skin problems.  It can have a mild laxative effect. It can have a stimulating the heart into a more rapid heartbeat, which means its best avoided when there is rapid heartbeat present (tachycardia.)

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