Fig tree buds, a friend of the stomach

Fig tree buds, a friend of the stomach
In the spring, the fig tree bud is harvested. It is traditionally used to relieve digestive upset and reduce inflammation in the gut, but it has other benefits. The fig tree ( Ficus carica ) is a fruit tree native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin. Like the mulberry, it belongs to the Moraceae family. It can reach up to 10 m in height and live up to 300 years.
We especially know its fruits, called "figs," which are eaten fresh or dried. It is also a key tree in gemmotherapy, a branch of phytotherapy that uses buds and young shoots.

What is the fig tree buds?

The first fig tree buds appear when the plants return in spring. During this period, the harvest takes place because they concentrate a maximum of active ingredients.

In gemmotherapy, they are indicated to relieve digestive disorders (gastric acidity, gastritis, bloating, colitis, etc.) and reduce intestinal inflammation.

In herbal medicine, it is also known to benefit the nervous system. Thus, it balances emotions and reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. It is often considered the bud of Yin because it soothes the body and the mind.

Nutritional composition to fig bud

  • Amino acids
  • Vitamines: B
  • Minerals and trace elements: magnesium, potassium
  • Antioxidant active ingredients: flavonoids
  • Organic acids: glutamic acid
  • Latex
  • Furanocoumarines

Fig tree bud benefits 

Fig tree bud benefits

Relieves digestive disorders

The fig tree bud is a precious ally of the gastric sphere and is indicated against many disorders to find better digestive comfort.
On the one hand, it exerts a draining, cleansing, and regenerating action on the stomach. It helps relieve gastritis, hiatal hernia, and even ulcers. It is recommended in case of dyspepsia: bloating, abdominal pain, aerophagia.
On the other hand, it treats hyperacidity, heartburn, and gastroesophageal reflux. Promoting esophageal motility prevents esophageal spasms.
This review presents its beneficial effects on the digestive and gastrointestinal spheres.

Reduces inflammation of the intestine

The fig tree bud is also a natural anti-inflammatory, and thus, it reduces inflammation in the intestinal mucosa.
It is interesting in the case of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. It also relieves irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Finally, as a healing agent, it helps regenerate damaged mucous membranes in the stomach and intestine.
Further studies are still needed to confirm its anti-inflammatory action.

Regulates the nervous system

It would mainly target the axis between the cerebral cortex and the hypothalamus (hypothalamus-adrenal cortex axis) to regulate the nervous system and calm the mind. It would act on the endocrine glands, which secrete hormones and act as chemical messengers.
The fig tree bud would relieve anxieties, mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Tics (Tocs), nervousness, and anxiety. It would also be interesting in the case of neuroses, addictions, and various obsessions.
In addition, it would stimulate the action of serotonin, the happiness hormone. It is indicated in low morale, depression, or mental fatigue.
Further studies are still needed to confirm its benefits on the nervous system.

How to consume fig tree bud?

Fig tree bud side effects

In glycerine macerate: Glycerine macerate extracts active ingredients from rootlets, young shoots, and plant buds. It is, therefore, a very widespread format in gemmotherapy.
The fig tree bud can then be combined with other plants in the form of aqueous extracts or glycerinated macerates: lime blossom, juniper, rosemary buds, etc.
In capsules: The capsules contain a dry form of glycerine macerate.
They are practical to take and do not have the alcoholic taste of mother macerate.
However, they may contain additives and excipients.
Choose organic fig tree buds.
If you can, choose fresh and certified organic buds, guaranteeing a product free of pesticide residues and environmentally friendly culture.

Dosage of fig tree bud

The recommended average dosage is 5 to 15 drops/day or 1 to 3 capsules/day.
The fig tree bud is taken as a 3-week cure.

Fig tree bud side effects

Its consumption has certain contraindications:
  • As a precautionary measure, it is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children;
  • The fig bud can interact with certain medications such as anticoagulants or aspirin. Ask your doctor for advice if you are undergoing treatment.
Its consumption has few side effects. However, it contains furocoumarins, photosensitizing agents.
A skin reaction (phytophotodermatitis) is possible in case of exposure to the sun.
If you experience side effects, stop taking it and see a doctor.