Knotty-rooted Figwort (Phoram, Irish). Nat. Ord. Scrophulariaceae. Hab. Great Britain.
Med. Prop. and Action. The leaves are bitter and acrid, and, when swallowed, occasion vomiting and purging; they are also said to be diuretic and narcotic. The root was formerly esteemed in Scrofula; hence its name. It is rarely employed at the present day as an internal remedy, but proves useful in many cutaneous affections, when applied in the form of ointment (Fresh Leaves lbs. ij., Lard lbs. ij., Suet lb. j.).
In Cutaneous Diseases, the local application of the ointment (supra) has been found of great service. In Pemphigus Gangrenosus (Rupia Escharotica, Bateman), it was found signally useful by Drs. Creighton, Tuomy, and others. Dr. Stokes* considers that if properly applied three or four times a day, three out of every four cases will be relieved, if not cured. In Tinea Capitis, Impetigo, &c., it is favourably spoken of by Dr. Montgomery. Scrophularia has lately been recommended in Germany as a remedy in Phthisis.