Indications for using ouabain
An excerpt of the Materia medica from 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 exercise, delusions, where oedema and dropsy have supervened. [Digit.]
occasions no gastric distress, has no cumulative effects, is a greater
diuretic, and is safer for the aged, as it does not affect the
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.
Anaemia with palpitation and breathlessness.
Temporal pains with double vision, impaired sight; brilliant eyes, flushed face.
Nausea with special disgust for alcohol and so aids in treatment of dipsomania.
Seven drops of tincture.
Increased secretion; scanty and albuminous.
Menorrhagia; uterine haemorrhage; uterus heavily congested.
Aching pain through hips and thighs during climacteric.
Dyspnoea, especially on ascending.
Oedema of lungs.
Bronchial and cardiac asthma.
Heart’s action weak, rapid irregular, due to muscular debility; and insufficiency.
Urticaria, especially more chronic forms.
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).
Tincture and 6x potency.
In more acute cases, five to ten drops of the tincture three times a day.