What’s the Figwort for?
Figwort is a diuretic plant that is often used to relieve flatulence and increase urine production.
Figwort which is processed into ointments or topical creams is efficacious for treating skin conditions such as eczema, hives, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, swelling, and rashes.
Some people use this plant as a substitute for the devil’s claw, aka devil’s claw, because both herbs contain similar chemicals.
How does it work?
There is not enough research on how figwort works as an herbal supplement. Discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are several studies that show that figwort may contain substances that reduce swelling in the itchy parts of the body.
The information provided below is not a substitute for medical recommendations. Always consult with your herbalist or doctor before taking this medicine.
How many doses are used for figwort for adults?
The dose for figwort is dependent on the form of the product:
- Liquid extract: 2-8 ml every day
- Tincture (fluid): 2-4 ml in a day
Topical medications are used as compresses or baths according to herbal instructions or advice from a doctor
Dosages from herbal supplements can be different for each patient. The dose you need depends on age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe for consumption. Discuss with an herbalist or doctor for the right dose for you.
In what forms are figwort available?
This figwort-based product can be available in the following forms and doses: extract liquid, steeping, and tincture (liquid).
What side effects can figwort cause?
Side effects of figwort are:
- Decreased pulse and heart rate
- Nausea, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea
- Hypersensitivity reactions
Not everyone experiences the following side effects. There may be other side effects that are not listed here. If you have concerns about certain side effects, please consult with your herbalist or doctor.
What should I know before consuming figwort?
Keep figwort plants or herbal products in a cool, dry place, away from heat and moisture. Monitor hypersensitivity reactions. If there are any, stop using figwort and use antihistamines or other therapies that are appropriate to the health conditions caused.
Watch for heart conditions, including blood pressure and pulse. People with heart problems should not use figwort supplements.
Distribution and use of herbal supplements are not strictly regulated by BPOM like medical drugs. Further research is needed to ensure its safety. Before using, consult with herbalists or doctors for more information to ensure the benefits of using herbal supplements are greater than the risks.
How safe is figwort?
Figwort should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. These herbs should not be given to children. Figwort should not be used by people with hypersensitivity to this herb or those who have serious heart disease.
What interactions might occur when I consume figwort?
This herbal supplement can interact with other treatments or with your health condition. Consult with herbalists or doctors before use.
Figwort may interact with water pills (diuretic drugs) and cause unbalanced lithium levels.
These herbs can also interact with:
- Antiarrythmias, beta-blockers, cardiac glycosides
- Herbal cardiac glycosides