Toxicity of common fumitory
CHARACTERISTICS OF FUMARIA
Common fumitory drawing (Fumaria officinalis)
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Scientific noun: Fumaria officinalis L.
Common noun: Fumitory, common fumitory, drug fumitory, earth smoke
Family: Fumitory family - Papaveraceae
Habitat: Cultivated fields, path sides, and waste lands of calcareous nature in most places of Europe. Naturalized in America.,
Active properties of common fumitory
- Alkaloids: canadine, protopine -fumarine-, fumaricine, fumariline, estilopine, cryptonine, sanguinarine, coryladine...) Main of all is fumarine, (0,13%) which although it shows antihistaminic and antiasmathic properties, on a prolonged dosage may lead to respiratory disorders.
- Fumaric acid. (C4H4O4) present in body as a very active constituent which has to be administered very carefully. It has been used for the treatment of psoriasis, but a too high dosage can increase sugar levels in blood. It is being studies its properties as a possible anticancerous drug.
Industrially, it is used a a food additive, as acidifying preservative and savoring agent. Also as an industrial colorant and in the preparation of synthetic resins.
Active parts: The whole plant, specially the juice of leaves..
Photo of Fumaria officinalis
Uses of common fumitory
Fumaria officinalis has been uxed as a natural remedy with the following properties:
Toxicity of fumitory
Toxicity of this plant is low, although we should be cautious not to use it for very long periods.
Symptoms: Stomachache, hypertension in low dosage and short treatments and hypotension in higher doses and long-period treatments. Very continuous dosage can produce respiratory breakdown.
Treatment: stomach rinsing, aided respiration and clinic help in case of high doses.
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