Common fumitory

Common Fumaria (Fumaria officinalis), also called common fume, helps with mild gallbladder problems


Witches and sorcerers broke into smoke through him. With their help, they called the spirits of the deceased - it's about the common fume. What's up to these legends, will not be clarified today. After all, the Latin name of the Fumaria - fumaria - points to such a use. Fumaria means as much as smoke. However, there are also other explanations for the Latin name: Through the gray-green leaves, the fume looks a little "smoked". In addition, the plant was formerly probably used as a fumigant.


Healers estimated the common fumitory (Fumaria officinalis) already in ancient times as a blood purifier. In the Middle Ages, the medicinal plant was used against skin diseases and biliary disorders. After that, the herb fell into oblivion for a while.


What do the ingredients do? What does common fume smoke help against?

Scientists attribute a slightly anticonvulsant effect to alkaloids. In addition, the ingredients should support bile activity. Fuming can therefore help with spasmodic complaints in the bile ducts and the gastrointestinal tract.



More often than the medicinal plant itself, artificially produced derivatives of their ingredients are used, more specifically fumaric acid. These drugs help psoriasis by suppressing an overactive immune system response. However, agents that contain some form of fumaric acid also sometimes have severe side effects, so they should definitely be taken under medical supervision. Note: Pure fumaric acid, as found in common earth smoke, is not absorbed into the body. Therefore, herbal preparations of fumigant do not help with the skin disease.


The alkaloids found in common soils may cause abdominal pain.

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