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Fumitory

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What other names is Fumitory known by?

Beggary, Earth Smoke, Fleur de Terre, Fumaria, Fumaria officinalis, Fumée de Terre, Fumeterre, Fumeterre Officinale, Fumiterry, Fumus, Hedge Fumitory, Herba Fumariae, Herbe à la Jaunisse, Herbe à la Veuve, Vapor, Wax Dolls.

What is Fumitory?

Fumitory is a low shrub with gray pointed leaves, and from a distance the plant can have the wispy appearance of smoke. Because of this, it received the name "earth smoke." The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Fumitory is used to treat intestinal spasms and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); and to start the flow of bile, a fluid that is important for the digestion of fats and is produced by the liver.

Fumitory is also used for skin conditions, eye irritation (conjunctivitis), heart problems, fluid retention, and constipation.

Possibly Ineffective for...

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bile disorders. Early research suggests that fumitory might help reduce stomach pain and other symptoms associated with bile problems.
  • Spasms of the intestines.
  • Skin conditions.
  • Eye irritation.
  • Heart problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of fumitory for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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