Biological Name: Fumaria officinalis
Other Names: Fumitory, Earthsmoke
Parts Used: Aerial parts
Isoquinoline alkaloids, including bulbocapnine, canadine, coptisine, corydaline, dicentrine, cryptopine, fumaricine, fumariline, fumaritine, N-methylhydrastine, protopine, sanguinarine, sinactine.
Therapeutic Uses :
Diuretic, laxative, alterative, hepatic.
Fumitory has long been used in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema and acne. Its action is probably due to a general cleansing mediated via the kidneys and liver. Fumitory may also be used as an eyewash to ease conjunctivitis.
Combinations : Fumitory are often combined with Burdock, Cleavers or Figwort.
Common in Europe and the British Isles, especially in cultivated fields.
Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and let infuse for 10-15 minutes. This may be drunk freely, but for skin problems it should be drunk at least three times daily.
Tincture: take 1-2ml of the tincture three times a day.
No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.