May 4, 2016

Maidenhair Fern

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What other names is Maidenhair Fern known by?

Adiante du Canada, Adiante Pédalé, Adiantum capillus-veneris, Adiantum pedatum, Capillaire du Canada, Capillaire à Cinq Doigts, Capillaire Pédalée, Cheveux de Vénus, Culantrillo, Five-Finger Fern, Fougère Fer-à-Cheval, Fougère à Pétiole, Hair of Venus, Herbe de Freya, Maiden Fern, Rock Fern, Venus' Hair.

What is Maidenhair Fern?

Maidenhair fern is a plant. People use it to make medicine.

Maidenhair fern is used for bronchitis, coughs, whooping cough, and heavy menstruation with cramps. It is also used to loosen chest congestion.

Some people apply maidenhair fern directly to the scalp for hair loss and to make hair darker.

Don't confuse maidenhair fern with maidenhair tree, which is another name for Ginkgo biloba.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bronchitis.
  • Coughs.
  • Whooping cough.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Hair loss.
  • Darkening hair color.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of maidenhair fern for these uses.

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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