July 26, 2016

Ostrich Fern

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How does Ostrich Fern work?

Ostrich fern might act like a laxative. Otherwise, there isn't enough information to know how it might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Ostrich fern seems to be safe for most people when used as a food, as long as it is boiled for at least 10 minutes before eating. Eating ostrich fern that has not been properly boiled can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches, and severe food poisoning.

There isn't enough information to know whether it's safe to use boiled ostrich fern as a medicine.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of ostrich fern during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Ostrich Fern.

The appropriate dose of ostrich fern depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for ostrich fern. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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