Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Figwort As Alternative Medicine

Figwort As Alternative Medicine

Figwort is an alternative medicine best known for treating skin disorders such as psoriasis, itching, eczema, burns, ulcers and skin swelling. It is also effective in treating a great range of other health problems.

  1. It is used to expel worms from the intestines.
  2. It detoxifies and purges toxins from the body.
  3. It is a remedy for constipation and sluggishness.
  4. It is an effective treatment for enlarged glands such as nodosities in women’s breasts.

Figwort is available as tea, tincture, soak, compress and a wash. It is non toxic when the standard dosage is adhered to. This herb can be taken as an infusion or use topically. To make an infusion steep about 3 teaspoonful of figwort leaves in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. It is often used together with barberry, rhubarb root or dandelion to treat constipation. To treat skin problems it is combined with burdock and yellow dock. This herb can be used with hawthorn and ginkgo to enhance poor memory. It can also be used as a sedative when combined with valerian. To calm nervous digestive problems use it together with peppermint and Roman chamomile.

This herb is not recommended for use by pregnant or nursing women. People with heart problems such as rapid heart beat should also avoid using it. This herb interferes with drugs for blood sugar such as metformin and insulin. However, figwort is still considered the best alternative medicine for the lymphatic system.

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