Figwort Supplement

Updated | 2021-01-26

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Overview of Figwort

Scientific Name: Scrophularia nodosa

Order: Lamiales

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Do not confuse with California figwort (Scrophularia californica), lanceleaf figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata), Maryland figwort (Scrophularia marilandica), or Ningpo figwort (Scrophularia ningpoensis). Figwort (i.e., Scrophularia nodosa) is commonly used in North America and Europe for its medicinal properties.



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Side Effects
Side effects may include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Slow Pulse
  • Vomiting
Precautions and Adverse Events:
  • Avoid or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner, if you have heart disease.
  • Figwort may cause light-headiness, weakness, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, or pulse rate changes.

Pregnant or Nursing

Taking figwort during pregnancy and breast-feeding may cause adverse events. In addition, there is not enough information on the use of supplements containing figwort during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use or avoid use. [1]



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  • Digoxin
  • Drugs to Treat Heart Failure
  • Drugs to Treat Irregular Heartbeats
  • Heart Beta-Blockers (such as propranolol)
  • Heart Calcium Channel Blockers (such as nifedipine and verapamil)


Figwort is not a "drug", so the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Make sure to follow the specific product instructions and take as directed on the label, or consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use.


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