Crude ficin and purified ficin are used for infections of the intestines by parasites. Purified ficin is also used for indigestion, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any of these uses. Crude ficin can also be unsafe when used in large amounts.
In medical procedures, purified ficin is used in the production of stitching material (sutures), in the preparation of animal arteries for implantation in people, and in blood typing.
In manufacturing, purified ficin is used in making cheese and sausage casings and chillproofing beer. Ficin is sometimes included in meat tenderizers, usually in combination with papain and/or bromelain.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Indigestion (dyspepsia).
- Infection of the intestines by parasites.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Crude ficin is LIKELY UNSAFE when applied to the skin. It can cause bleeding and allergic reactions. There isn't enough reliable information to know if purified ficin is safe when applied to the skin.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Crude ficin is LIKELY UNSAFE when applied to the skin. It can cause bleeding and allergic reactions. There isn't enough reliable information to know if purified ficin is safe when applied to the skin. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Crude ficin is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin when pregnant or breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: Crude ficin is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in children. Crude ficin can cause seizures, coma, or even death in children.
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