September 25, 2016

Figwort

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What other names is Figwort known by?

Carpenter's Square, Common Figwort, Escrofularia, Grande Scrofulaire, Heal-all, Herbe aux Écrouelles, Herbe au Siège, Rosenoble, Scrofulaire, Scrofulaire des Bois, Scrofulaire Noueuse, Scrophula Plant, Scrophularia, Scrophularia marilandica, Scrophularia nodosa, Scrophularia Radix, Throatwort, Xuan Shen.

What is Figwort?

Figwort is an herb. The whole plant is used to make medicine.

People take figwort as a "water pill" to relieve bloating by increasing urine production.

Figwort is sometimes applied directly to the skin for skin conditions such as eczema, itching, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, swelling, and rash.

Some people use figwort as a substitute for devil's claw, because the two herbs contain similar chemicals.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Eczema.
  • Itching.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Swollen skin.
  • Rash.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of figwort for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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