Indications for using ouabain

An excerpt of the Materia medica from Boericke.  

STROPHANTHUS HISPIDUS

(Kombe-seed)

 

<DESCRIPTION>

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.]

Strophantus
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.

 

<RESPIRATION>

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.

 

<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.