I have written this for educational purposes. If in doubt don’t, make certain you know your plants. This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such.
It is claimed to have many benefits though I only had tea made from the leaves a few times so I would not know any long term effects. People around here in Pennsylvania have referred to it as New York Figwort though I have not seen it referred to as that anywhere else.
The Scrophularia family does contain unique anti inflammatory qualities.
Figwort contains harpogaside which is also found in devils claw. It has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation.
Harpogaside has been shown to reduce LDL levels.
Harpogaside has been shown to reduce osteoperosis.
It has been shown to reduce amyloid-B plaque build up which causes alzheimers.
How harpogaside reduces inflammation.