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What are the therapeutic virtues of the fig?

The fig is a fleshy and edible fruit of the fig tree, a tree belonging to the Moraceae family. Its scientific name is Ficus carica. This fruit is native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean, especially Greece. In addition to its more than pleasant flavor and texture, the fig also has invaluable virtues in terms of healing. It also has great nutritional value. It contains a non-negligible amount of fiber, vitamins (A, C, E, K and those belonging to group B) and micronutrients such as magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, copper, zinc as well as potassium.

Main uses in natural medicine

The fig is potentially rich in fiber. Therefore, it tends to improve intestinal transit. In case of slow and lazy transit, for example, it stimulates the progression of the food bolus. Slightly laxative, it is also effective in treating cases of occasional constipation.

Due to its richness in potassium, it also helps to prevent high blood pressure. In addition, in its dry form, it significantly reduces the level of triglycerides and cholesterol in the body. Thus, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

This fruit also allows to:

  • Maintain the hygiene of the oral flora: bad breath, inflammation of the mouth and gums
  • Maintain or even strengthen bone health
  • Regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve painful periods
  • Treat skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis
  • Treat respiratory tract disorders: bronchitis and cough
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Forms and preparations

  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Decoction or herbal tea
  • Mother tincture
  • Syrup

Directions for use and usual dosages

  • dried fig: to be consumed directly in order to take advantage of the laxative effect of the fruit.
  • Decoction: for 1 liter of water, add 4 dried figs (about 100 g) and leave to infuse for 20 minutes. Drink throughout the day. This decoction can also be used as a gargle to relieve cough and sore throat as well as to clean up the oral flora.
  • Mother tincture: Dilute 25 drops of tincture in a glass of water and consume 3 times a day.
  • Syrup: swallow 10 ml in the evening with a large glass of water to fight constipation.

Reasons for caution

For each therapeutic use, it is better to avoid self-medication in order to prevent adverse effects. Each treatment must be carried out only under the supervision and under the prescription of a doctor or a health professional.

Side effects :

Ingested in high doses, the FIG causes severe diarrhea, abdominal pain and intestinal disorders.

Consumed in its fresh form, it can cause irritation in the throat, in the mouth and on the lips in sensitive people.

Contraindications:

The fig is not suitable for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, caution should be exercised in people with a sulphite allergy. Indeed, the dried form may contain it.

[HighProtein-Foods.com]

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