Scrophularia nodosa (Scroph-n)

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Knotted Figwort

Generals: A powerful medicine whenever enlarged glands are present. Hodgkin's disease. A valuable skin remedy. Has a specific affinity for the breast; very useful in the dissipation of breast tumors. Eczema of the ear. Pruritus vaginae. Lupoid ulceration. Scrofulous swellings (Cistus canadensisCist). Painful haemorrhoids. Tubercular testis. Epithelioma. Nodosities in the breasts (ScirrhinumScirr). Pain in all flexor muscles.

Head: Vertigo felt in vertex, greater when standing; drowsiness; pain from forehead to back of head. Eczema behind ear. Crusta lactea.

Eyes: Distressing photophobia (Conium maculatumCon). Spots before eyes. Stitches in eyebrow. Sore eyeballs.

Ears: Inflammation about auricle. Deep ulcerated auricle. Eczema around ear.

Abdomen: Pain in liver on pressure. Colic below navel. Pain in sigmoid flexure and rectum. Painful, bleeding, protruding piles.

Respiratory: Violent dyspnoea, oppression of chest with trembling. Pain about bifurcation of trachea. Asthma in scrofulous patients.

Skin: Prickling itching, worse back of hand.

Sleep: Great drowsiness; in morning and before and after meals with weariness.

Modalities: Worse lying on right side.

Compare: Lobelia erinusLob-e; Ruta graveolensRuta; CarcinosinumCarc; Conium maculatumCon; Asterias rubensAster.

Dose: Tincture and first potency. Apply locally to cancerous glands also Semper viv.