- What other names is Ficin known by?
- What is Ficin?
- How does Ficin work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Ficin.
People take ficin for digestion problems and to get rid of intestinal worms.
In medical procedures, ficin is used in the production of stitching material (sutures), in the preparation of animal arteries for implantation in people, and in blood typing.
In manufacturing, ficin is used in making cheese and sausage casings and in chillproofing beer. Ficin is sometimes included in meat tenderizers, usually in combination with papain and/or bromelain.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Intestinal worms.
- Other intestinal problems.
- Other conditions.
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It is UNSAFE to use ficin on the skin. It can cause bleeding and allergic reactions.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough information to know if ficin is safe to take by mouth. But it is UNSAFE to use on the skin. Stay on the safe side and don't use ficin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011