Isaiah and the lump of figs

Hezekiah was close to death, and then given another chance by God. He was told to put figs on his boils.  The Word of God just proves true, as today, we find out more about why it worked.

Isa 38:21

For Isaiah had said [to Hezekiah], Let them take a lump of figs, and lay [it] for a plaster upon the boil, and he shall recover.

Botanical and Common Name
  • Family Moraceae
  • Ficus carica (Fig, Ficca; Spanish: Higueroa, Amate; Nahuatl: Amatl, Tepe-Amatl, Texcal-Amatl)
  • Ficus benghalensis (Banyan Tree) – India and Pakistan
  • Ficus religiosa (Peepal) – India

Native to Western Asia, figs now grow wild, and are often cultivated in temperate and subtropical regions. Figs comprise about 2,000 species and are one of nature’s natural antibiotics. The fig comes from a large pantropical genus of deciduous trees and shrubs in cooler climates, but evergreen in hotter regions.

Key Actions

(a) Fig

  • anti-inflammatory
  • analgesic
  • emollient
  • expectorant
  • laxative

(b) Banyon Tree

  • astringent
  • laxative
  • lowers blood sugar

(c) Peepal

  • astringent
  • laxative
Key Components
  • fruit sugars (50% mainly glucose)
  • flavonoids
  • vitamins (especially B and C)
  • enzymes
  • furanocoumarins
  • fruit acids
  • mucilages
  • pectin
  • ficusin and bergaptin (Banyon Tree)
Medicinal Parts

(a) Fig

  • Fruit, latex

(b) Banyon Tree

  • Fruit, bark, leaves, latex, aerial roots
  • (c) Peepal
    • Fruit, leaves, bark, latex

    As for a cancer remedy, researchers at the Insititute of Physical and Chemical Research at the Mitsubishi-Kasel Insitutue of Life Sciences in Tokyo discovered a chemical contained in figs that does treat the disease. When mice were injected with an extract from the fruit, they found that their tumors shrank by one-third. They took that substance, benzaldehyde, and tested it on cancer patients with remarkable success.

    Traditional Uses

    (a) Fig
    The dried fruit has a pronounced, but gentle, laxative effect; and a syrup made from the fruit is a remedy for mild constipation and much better for the body than commercial laxatives.

    The fruits emollient pulp helps relieve pain and inflammations and has been used to treat tumors, swellings, and gum abscesses although, the fruit is often roasted before application.

    It is also a disinfectant. A poultice of dried figs will considerably reduce the foul stench given off by chronic leg ulcers when applied directly to the wound.

    Being mildly expectorant, the fruit, when combined with such herbs as elecampane, is helpful in treating dry, irritable coughs and bronchitis.

    The milky latex from the leaves and stems is reputed to be an analgesic, as well as being used on warts, insect bites, and stings. However, caution is advised.

    In Ayurvedic medicine, the fig is used as a tonic, diuretic, and a treatment for gonorrhea.

    In Chinese medicine, a related species, F. lacor, is used to induce sweating.

    A species native to China, Indonesia, and Australia, (F. retusa) is used in Chinese medicine to treat toothache and tooth decay.

    The juice and powdered bark of a related Central American species (F. cotinifolia) are applied to wounds and bruises. Medicinally, the sap is applied to scorpion stings, boils, and such other skin afflictions as ringworm. It is sometimes used as an emergency bandage to protect wounds. The dried leaves are sometimes smoked to treat asthma, while the fruit is a standard remedy for constipation.

    Traditional Arabian medicine uses figs, which they believe to be diuretic, laxative, and emollient, to treat conjunctivitis, leprosy, and hemorrhoids. They see figs as being strengthening to the body, building stamina and vigor.

    (b) Banyon
    The leaves and bark are employed to relieve diarrhea and dysentery and to reduce bleeding.

    The latex is used in the same way as other Fiscus species, including application to hemorrhoids, warts, and aching joints.

    The fruit is laxative and the roots are chewed to prevent gum disease.

    In Ayurvedic medicine, the bark is used to treat diabetes.

    (c) Peepal
    Its uses are relatively the same as those of the Banyon Tree, with the bark and leaves taken for diarrhea and dysentery, while the leaves alone are used to treat constipation.

    The leaves are used with “ghee” (a clarified butter) as a poultice and applied to boils and to swollen glands in mumps.

    The powdered fruit is taken for asthma, and the latex is used to treat warts.


  • 25 Responses to “Isaiah and the lump of figs”

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    2. Hi Doctor Marianne! (Biochemist) This was rather informative! And, i was taking notes!!! i will save the website to look into it further, tomorrow i am buying some figs! i would think eating a fig a day would make a tumor cease to exist???? depending on the immune system???

    3. Hi Dr Ani

      I know people here with fig trees. The fruit is awesome. There is a fig extract that people use to make some nice shampoo, but I do not know if you can get the extract just by itself. But since eating the figs is more pleasurable, maybe that is the best way to go. See if you can get a small fig tree from a nursery and plant it in your yard. One tress produces a lot of fruit – so much you will have to give it away.


    4. Hi Marianne.

      This is good motivation to eat more fruit and vegetables. Thanx!

    5. The word of the Lord is the way, the truth and the life.

      Don’t doubt, just believe!

    6. Hi McChong,

      Yes, even in small ways, everything God says is true.


    7. Hello. I used your article as a reference in one of my reports for pharmacology about boils. Thanks for the info. You might find it interesting to study Job 2:8. It might be inferred that he has boils and he is sitting on an ash heap. I researched it an found many articles explaining the theraputic effects of ash used topically. You should check it out.

      Have a blessed day!
      Matt Farmer

      • hi Matt

        If you even find out the active ingredient, let me know. It might be a good cure for the “flesh eating bacteria.”

        • I found one study that reprots metalloenzymes and essential trace minerals are found in ash and are neccessary for wound healing. Specificallyy, the ash provides a source for the minerals used in the wound healing cascade.

          • hi Matt

            That sounds interesting. If you have the scientific references, please give them to me.

            I will understand them. I am a Biochemist.

            Here is a good reference also.

            Click to access joa_1953_0375.pdf

            I used to work in tissue remodeling in inflammation and cartilage repair.

            so the more you find out about figs, or ash, the better.

            • Here is one study concerning ash:

              Click to access Hamid.pdf

              • hi Matt

                Interesting results, but I would have taken it a step further.

                First, it is assumed that what they tested for ( Ca2+, etc) was what was significant in producing an improvement. While trace elements are important, we do not know if it was these elements, or something else in ash that made a difference.

                Trace elements are in the diet for test animals, and so would have been available in their system anyhow.

                They did not do a trace element control, in which they added these same trace elements dissolved in a sterile solution directly to the wound, without using ash.

                Then, with a trace element control, we could see if there was something else in the ash that made a difference.

                Maybe it was the nitrogen content of the ash that helped, and they did not test for that. Just a thought.

    8. To look at the spiritual side, figs are “cursed” fruit as they who are of the works of the law are under the “curse” of the law. There is a very deep spiritual meaning to this passage that requires much study and I don’t have room enough here to explain. However, if you begin keyword study with figs and fig trees I think you will see this verse in new light.

      • A tree never gave fruit, one tree, and it was cursed by Christ, does not make all trees cursed. What bible verse do you get your information?

    9. The angel told Peter not to call any food cursed or forbidden…

      I’ve learned that Welches grape juice counteracts the poisonous effects of car fumes, which rob our cells of oxygen.

      Also, that leafy, green foods counteract the bad effects of radiation, including micro-radiation that’s everywhere now. Eat your spinach!!

      • Read Matthew 5:17
        Yahshua did not come to destroy law or prophets.
        He came to take the penalty of our sins which is the breaking of the law.Read the Acts story again.
        The interpretation was that Peter was not to call gentiles or any man common or unclean since Yahshua died once for all.
        Praise Yahshua for truth!

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    11. Why haven’t we use this all the time. Its been in the Bible for a long time second Kings chapter 20 verse 7

    12. Good day, Ekwu Marvis Titi (student Nutrition and food science Biochemistry ) , I got this insigt while reading my Bible and dig deep to know what is called figs
      and why is has the power to heal the king and is not been used ,so by the help of holy spirit , I got the understanding of whole thing and the benefits of this. Am very much interested in this article to work alongside with you. The most important thing here is that how can I get steam for planting please,Thanks.

    13. emarvis

      you do not have water for crops?

      contact these people. maybe they can help you.

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