Fumitory Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Fumitory is an annual plant found practically everywhere on earth, mostly around areas where other plants are cultivated. The sub-erect, hollow stem is angular, smooth, and bluish hued. The leaves are alternate, gray-green and bi- or tri-pinnate with small, narrow divisions. The herb is small and slender, with weak, straggling, or climbing stems, decompound leaves, and clusters or spikes of small flowers of a pinkish hue, topped with purple, or more rarely, white. The leaves have no odour, but taste bitter and saline. The leaves and flowers are used to produce herbal preparations.
Common doses of Fumitory
Fumitory comes as dried herb, a liquid extract, and a tincture. Some experts recommend the following doses:
Uses of Fumitory
Fumitory has a long history of use in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema and acne. Its action is probably due to a general cleansing mediated via the kidneys and liver. Specifically, fumitory may help to :-
Side effects of Fumitory
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of fumitory:
At high or toxic doses, fumitory can cause seizures. The herb also can increase pressure within the eye, causing glaucoma (which may lead to vision loss).
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use fumitory while taking:
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Researchers haven't tested fumitory on people, so its safety and usefulness remain unproven.
Other names for Fumitory : -
Other names for fumitory include earth smoke, hedge fumitory, and wax dolls.
No known products containing fumitory are available commercially.
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