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Strophanthus Hispidus

(Kombe-seed)

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 edema and dropsy have supervened (Digit). 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 hemorrhage 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. Anemia 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 hemorrhage; uterus heavily congested. Aching pain through hips and thighs during climacteric.

Respiratory
Dyspnea, especially on ascending. Lungs congested. Edema 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.

Relationship
Compare: Digit (but is slower than strophant in its action); Phos 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.

(Reference: Homeopathic Materia Medica by William Boericke)