Figwort is most commonly used for skin conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis), itching, hemorrhoids, acne, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Some people use figwort as a substitute for devil's claw, because the two herbs contain similar chemicals.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis).
- Heart failure and fluid build up in the body (congestive heart failure or CHF).
- High blood pressure.
- Scaly, itchy skin (psoriasis).
- Skin rash caused by sun exposure (polymorphous light eruption or PMLE).
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if figwort is safe or what the side effects might be. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if figwort is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Figwort might affect blood sugar control. Monitor your blood sugar levels carefully if you have diabetes and use figwort.
A heart condition called ventricular tachycardia: Don't use figwort if you have this condition.
Lithium interacts with FIGWORT
Figwort might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking figwort might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with FIGWORT
Figwort seems to work like "water pills." Figwort and "water pills" might cause the body to get rid of potassium along with water. Taking figwort along with "water pills" might decrease potassium in the body too much.
Some "water pills" that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Microzide), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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