Figwort (Xuan Shen)
Carpenter’s Square, Common Figwort, Escrofularia, Grande Scrofulaire, Heal-all, Herbe aux Écrouelles, Herbe au Siège, Rosenoble, Scrofulaire, Scrofulaire des Bois, Scrofulaire Noueuse, Scrophula Plant, Scrophularia, Scrophularia marilandica, Scrophularia nodosa, Scrophularia Radix, Throatwort, Xuan Shen.
Figwort is an herb. The whole plant is used to make medicine.
People take figwort as a “water pill” to relieve bloating by increasing urine production.
Figwort is sometimes applied directly to the skin for skin conditions such as eczema, itching, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, swelling, and rash.
Some people use figwort as a substitute for devil’s claw, because the two herbs contain similar chemicals.
Figwort might contain substances that decrease swelling (inflammation).
Insufficient Evidence for:
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of figwort for these uses.
There isn’t enough information to know if figwort is safe.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of figwort during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Figwort might affect blood sugar control. Monitor your blood sugar levels carefully if you have diabetes and use figwort.
A heart condition called ventricular tachycardia: don’t use figwort if you have this condition.
Moderate Interaction. Be cautious with this combination:
Lithium interacts with FIGWORT
Figwort might have an effect like a water pill or “diuretic.” Taking figwort might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with FIGWORT
Figwort seems to work like “water pills.” Figwort and “water pills” might cause the body to get rid of potassium along with water. Taking figwort along with “water pills” might decrease potassium in the body too much.
Some “water pills” that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.