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Herbal medicine
An annual herb that contains alkaloids, fumaric acid, mucilage, resin and tannic acid; it is a mild laxative, diuretic and stimulates the flow of bile, and has been used to treat skin conditions and liver complaints.
Toxic effects
Large doses may cause stomach ache and diarrhoea.


n Latin name:
Fumaria officinalis; part used: flowering parts, leaves; uses: laxative, diuretic, epidermal maladies, biliary disease; uses under research: arrhythmias; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; patients who suffer from convulsions or elevated internal pressure within the eye; can cause lower pulse and blood pressure, convulsions with over-use, nausea. Also called
earth smoke, hedge fumitory, and
wax dolls.
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References in periodicals archive ?
In this context Fumaria indica Pugsley (Papavaraceae) commonly known as 'Fumitory' and "parpat" in Sanskrit has been used over many centuries as hepatoprotective agent (Kurma and Mishra, 1997).
Selective protective effect of an extract from Fumaria parviflora on paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity.
Hepatoprotective activity of the whole plant of Fumaria indica.
Chemistry and pharmacology of the major alkaloid of Fumaria indica (Haussk) Pugsley.
Pharmacological basis for the use of Fumaria indica in constipation and diarrhea.