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    The figwort is one of the 200 plants of the family Scrophulariaceae. This plant is native to temperate regions of the entire Northern Hemisphere (except North America). It can reach up to 150m height and needs moisture to grow up- for this reason we find it in North Greece, Thessaly, Lakonia and Kefallonia. Its name has given from the word Scrofula- one type of tuberculosis. In Europe, the figwort became widely known in the 17th century due to the fact that it was the food during the siege of the city La Rochelle. In modern herbal medicine, the figwort is mainly used for removing toxins from the body. So, the figwort is considered particularly effective in severe skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. When the figwort is used externally (as an ointment), it is considered to be effective in treatment of hemorrhoids and herpes.

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