Vijgenconfituur of vijgensiroop is een eenvoudig maar efficiënt laxeermiddel. Verder worden de knoppen van de vijgenboom (te plukken in het voorjaar) vooral in de gemmotherapie gebruikt tegen maagzweren.
Figs are thought to have been first cultivated in Egypt. They spread to ancient Crete and subsequently, to ancient Greece where they became a staple in the traditional diet. Figs were regarded with such esteem that laws were created forbidding the export of the best quality figs. Figs were respected in ancient Rome and thought of as a sacred fruit. According to Roman myth, the twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, rested under a fig tree.
Traditionally, figs have been used to treat constipation, bronchitis,hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), eczema, psoriasis (chronic skin disease),vitiligo (white skin patches), and diabetes (high blood sugar). Topically, its latex has been used to remove warts and treat skin tumors.
At this time, there are no high quality human trials supporting the effectiveness of fig for any indication. However, the antioxidant activity and cytotoxicity against various cancer cell lines reported in fig are potentially promising in its future therapeutic uses.
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Traditional uses: The juice of the fruit with honey was prescribed for checking haemorrhage (Vrindamaadhava). In unani medicine, anjeer is used as a mild laxative, expectorant, diuretic; also in the diseases of the liver and spleen as a deobstruent and anti-inflammatory agent.Ficus carica and Juglans regia (Akharot) from a good aphrodisiac tonic in unani medicine Anjeer as a dry fruit is also considered a good nutritional support for diabetics (Khare, 2004). In traditional medicine the roots are used in treatment of leucoderma and ringworms and its fruit which are sweet, have antipyretic, purgative, aphrodisiac properties and have shown to be useful in inflammation and paralysis. Ficus carica is claimed to be useful in liver and spleen disorders, to cure piles and in treatment of gout. Locally the leaves are being used in the treatment of jaundice (Kirthikar and Basu, 1996; Nadkarnim and Nadkarni, 1995).