Fumitory is a low shrub with gray pointed leaves, and from a distance the plant can have the wispy appearance of smoke. Because of this, it received the name “earth smoke.” The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Fumitory is used to treat intestinal spasms and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); and to start the flow of bile, a fluid that is important for the digestion of fats and is produced by the liver.

Fumitory is also used for skin conditions, eye irritation (conjunctivitis), heart problems, fluid retention, and constipation.

How it works

Fumitory contains a substance that may reduce spasms of the bile duct or gut.


Possibly Ineffective
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Some research shows that taking fumitory by mouth for 18 weeks does not improve symptoms of IBS.


Possibly safe

Fumitory is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in the recommended amounts for a short period of time

Possibly unsafe

But taking large amounts of fumitory by mouth is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. It can cause trembling, convulsions, and death.Don't use eye drop preparations of fumitory that haven't been commercially sterilized. You might get an eye infection if the drops contain bacteria.



Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking fumitory if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Fumitory.


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