Crude ficin is a latex from the trunk of a tropical fig tree. Purified ficin is an enzyme from the latex. Crude and purified ficin are used as medicine. Purified ficin is also used in some medical procedures and in manufacturing.

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 ?

Ficin contains chemicals that might help break down proteins and kill intestinal worms.

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