Strophanthus hispidus (Stroph)

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Generals: Strophanthus is a muscle poison; it increases the contractile power of all striped muscles. Acts on the heart; increasing the systole and diminishes the rapidity. May be used with advantage to tone the heart, and run off dropsical accumulations. In small doses for weak heart; it feels enlarged. In mitral regurgitation, where oedema and dropsy have supervened (DigitalinumDigin). Strophanthus occasions no gastric distress, has no cumulative effects, is a greater diuretic, and is safer for the aged, as it does not affect the vaso-motors. In pneumonia and in severe prostration from haemorrhage after operations and acute diseases. After the long use of stimulants; irritable heart of tobacco-smokers. Arterio-sclerosis; rigid arteries of aged. Restores tone to a brittle tissue, especially of the heart muscle and valves. Especially useful in failing compensation dependent upon fatty heart. Hives. Anaemia with palpitation and breathlessness. Exophthalmia goitre. Corpulent persons.

Head: Temporal pains with double vision, impaired sight; brilliant eyes, flushed face. Senile vertigo.

Stomach: Nausea with special disgust for alcohol and so aids in treatment of dipsomania. Seven drops of tincture.

Urinary: Increased secretion; scanty and albuminous.

Female: Menorrhagia; uterine haemorrhage; uterus heavily congested. Aching pain through hips and thighs during climacteric.

Respiratory: Dyspnoea, especially on ascending. Lungs congested. Oedema of lungs. Bronchial and cardiac asthma.

Heart: Pulse quickened. Heart's action weak, rapid irregular, due to muscular debility; and insufficiency. Cardiac pain.

Skin: Urticaria, especially more chronic forms.

Extremities: Swollen, dropsical. Anasarca.

Relations:

Compare: Digitalis purpureaDig (but is slower than Strophanthus hispidusStroph in its action); Phosphoricum acidumPhos-ac (weak heart, irregular pulse, fluttering sensation in cardiac region, palpitation during sleep, fainting).

Dose: Tincture and 6x potency. In more acute cases, five to ten drops of the tincture three times a day.