for matters of the heart

Strophanthin is extracted from a sap-producing creeping plant (Strophanthus) that grows in Africa. The native peoples of Africa used the poisonous effect of the Strophantus plant as an arrow poison. The active substance strophanthin is on the one hand toxic, and on the other hand it shows positive properties which are used in medicine. In 1859, while on an expedition through South-East Africa, the physician and botanist John Kirk accidentally discovered the medicinal properties of strophanthin. He used a toothbrush contaminated with arrow poison and noticed an immediate normalisation of his elevated heart rate in addition to the bitter taste. Since then, the Strophantus plant has been well researched, which is why strophanthin has been used as successful heart medication (cardiac glycoside).

Oral strophanthin preparations have been used since 1949 for the treatment of angina pectoris and for the prophylaxis of myocardial infarction. Strophanthin was also used as an intravenous dosage form in clinical practice until the 1970s as an emergency medication for impending cardiogenic shock and was part of every emergency kit. In 1991, g-Strophanthin was identified as endogenous cardiovascular hormone in humans. The cardiac glycoside has a positive inotropic effect, i.e. it increases the force of the heart’s contractions. To date, therapists prescribe strophanthin in the homoeopathic potency D4 with good results.

Stress situation as trigger for heart complaints

Stress, anxiety and worry not only burden the psyche, but also our body. This includes everyday situations such as a driving test, a job interview or tight deadlines at work. Many people know this situation. You are excited, tremble and you have strong heart palpitations. The use of some calming measures, such as deep abdominal breathing can already relieve stress-related symptoms. Moreover, taking Strophanthus D4 Sanum can improve the symptoms. The medicinal product consists of the active substance g-Strophanthin, which has a regulating effect on the cardiovascular system. The indications correspond to the homoeopathic profile, which includes cardiac insufficiency and anticipatory anxiety.

Homoeopathic clinical picture

Cor nervosum. Pressure on the chest. Cardiac anxiety. Oedema in chronic nephritis. Proven in mild coronary insufficiencies.

[1] Deutsche Homöopathie-Union (German Homeopathy Union). 2000. Homoeopathic Materia Medica. Karlsruhe.




Tablets:  For acute conditions, adults take 1 tablet every half to one hour, max. 12 times daily. For chronic courses of the disease, take 1 tablet 1-3 times daily.

Tropfen:  For acute conditions, adults take 5 drops every half to one hour, max. 6 times daily. For chronic courses of the disease, take 5 drops 1-3 times daily. If the symptoms do not subside over a longer period of time, please consult a physician.

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