Common name: Figwort
Part used: Flowering stems and leaves
Description and Habitat: Figwort is a perennial rhizomatous plant native to temperate regions of Eurasia, it dies back in winter and grows to 60cm high, preferring damp semi-shaded positions.
Constituents: Flavonoids, iridoid glycosides, small amounts of cardioactive gycosides, phenolic acids, saponins.
Actions: Dermatological agent, diuretic, depurative, cardiostimulant
Traditional and current uses:
The main traditional use for figwort is dermatological, where its action on the liver is regarded as useful for treating skin conditions. It is used as a poultice for treating wounds, burns, ulcers, and haemorrhoids, and the tincture or tea taken internally for chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or puritus.
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