“While this remedy is not as frequently indicated as Digitalis, if there is any reason why Digitalis cannot be taken, Strophanthus should be studied.”
A.L. Blackwood, Diseases of the Heart
Latin: Strophanthus hispidus
Common: Kombe seed, African shrub
Affinity: Heart, circulation, stomach, kidneys
Causation: alcoholism, tobacco, tea
The homeopathic remedy Strophanthus hispidus was made from seeds of this shrub, which belongs to the family of cardiac poisons – the Apocynaceae. It is prescribed either as a dilution of drops from the mother tincture in water or in homeopathic potencies – 3C or higher. Its action is directly on the heart, and namely on the cardiac muscle.
The plant Strophanthus is evergreen climbing shrub, native to Africa, and highly poisonous. African tribes used the plan for dipping the tips of hunting arrows. The plant is beautiful, and unusual with the five long threads, tail-like, which hang down from the flower corolla.
Heart Affections | Alcoholism | Gastrointestinal Disorders
The face is flushed, lips are bright red; eyes are glistening, temperature is high, skin is dry. The pulse is very fast, patients are loquacious. There are alterations about certain conditions: pupils are dilating, and then contracting; pulse is rapid, then slow. There is lively sense of action of the heart, aching and palpitation.
The remedy is indicated in chronic nephritis and weak heart, accompanied by disturbances in respiration. People feel stitching pains in heart, swelling and edema of face, hands and legs; oppression of the heart, all those symptoms due to diseases of heart valves and other cardiac disorders.
Strophanthus is most frequently prescribed for functional disturbances of the heart due to alcohol, black tea and tobacco abuse. Dr W.A. Dewey found Strophanthus useful for treatment of alcoholism. According to A. Pulford it diminishes the desire for alcohol.
This remedy affects also the gastrointestinal tract. Dr Blackwood recommends it when heart disease is accompanied by disturbance of the digestive system. The symptomatology includes acridity, nausea, vomiting, sinking feeling in the stomach, cramping in stomach; distended and painful abdomen in the regions of umbilicus and lower bowel, and diarrhea.
Strophanthus acts well in 3 C potency.
The remedy relieves cardiac dyspnea, reduces the pulse, and increases the power of heart. It is very helpful for heart failure in elder patients and for treatment of heart disease in children. The urine stream increases. The edema of extremities diminishes.