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.


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.

People use fumitory for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), disorders affecting bile flow in the liver, skin disorders, to increase urine, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

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


Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Ineffective for

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Disorders affecting bile flow in the liver.
  • 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.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Fumitory is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in reasonable amounts, short-term. Up to 1500 mg per day of fumitory extract has been safely used for up to 18 weeks. But taking large amounts of fumitory by mouth is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. There is concern that high doses might cause trembling, convulsions, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if fumitory is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for FUMITORY Interactions.



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.

View References


  • Wynne, P. M., Vine, J. H., and Amiet, R. G. Protopine alkaloids in horse urine. J Chromatogr.B Analyt.Technol.Biomed.Life Sci 11-5-2004;811(1):85-91. View abstract.
  • Zacharewicz, M., Chorazy, W., Mossor, S., and Zacharewicz, M., Jr. [Treatment of cholecystopathies by Fumaria nebulisate]. Wien.Med Wochenschr. 4-30-1979;129(8):221-224. View abstract.
  • Brinkhaus B, Hentschel C, Von Keudell C, et al. Herbal medicine with curcuma and fumitory in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial. Scand J Gastroenterol 2005;40:936-43. View abstract.

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