Author: William Boericke
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 (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 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.