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FUMITORY

Other Names:

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.

FUMITORY Overview
FUMITORY Uses
FUMITORY Side Effects
FUMITORY Interactions
FUMITORY Dosing
FUMITORY Overview Information

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.

How does it work?

Fumitory contains a substance that may reduce spasms of the bile duct or gut.

FUMITORY Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Possibly Ineffective for:


Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Spasms of the intestines.
  • Skin conditions.
  • Eye irritation.
  • Heart problems.
  • Bile disorders. There are some reports that fumitory might help reduce stomach pain associated with bile problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of fumitory for these uses.


FUMITORY Side Effects & Safety

Fumitory seems safe for most adults when used in the recommended amounts for a short period of time. But large amounts of fumitory are UNSAFE. They can cause trembling, convulsions, and death.

Don't use eye drop preparations of fumitory that haven't been commercially sterilized. You might get an eye infection if the drops contain bacteria.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of fumitory during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

FUMITORY Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for FUMITORY Interactions

FUMITORY Dosing

The appropriate dose of fumitory depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for fumitory. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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