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Fortschr Med. 1995 Jul; 113(19): 291-2.

[Fumaria officinalis (fumitory)--clinical applications]

Hentschel C, Dressler S, Hahn EG.

Arbeitsgruppe für Naturheilverfahren und Komplementämedizin, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Fumaria officinalis-fumitory or earth smoke-is a medicinal plant which has long had a role to play in empirical medicine in numerous countries. A review of the literature, however, reveals very few studies that support its use for dermatological indications (milk crust, eczema, scabies, etc.) or as a diuretic or laxative. This contrasts with its use to treat functional diseases of the biliary system. Although no placebo-controlled studies have been done, a number of empirical reports, clinical case reports and animal experimental studies have been published. Accordingly, in Germany, Fumaria officinalis is approved for the indication "colicky pain affecting the gallbladder and biliary system, together with the gastrointestinal tract".

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