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Adiantum capillus-veneris


Adiantum capillus-veneris

(Maidenhair fern)

Botanical info: 

Maidenhair fern is terrestrial or epilithic plant, 10-40 cm tall, with short-creeping rhizome, 1.5–2.5 mm thick, with slender dark brown scales. Grows on moist calcareous rocks and banks; Native in the Mediterranean region, naturalized in Central Europe. Not flowering. 


Hippocratic legacy

    a. In Fistulas maidenhair fern is recommended:

        a. For the treatment of abscess orifice translocation. 

    b. In Diseases 3 is described: 

        a. As a treatment for jaundice. 

    c. In Nature of Women is recommended: 

        a. As menstruation stimulant and placenta abortive. 

    d. In Diseases of Women 1 is described as:

        a. Birth stimulant. 

    e. In Diseases of Women 2 is recommended:

        a. For the treatment of leucorrhea. 

        b. As uterus purgative. 


Other uses: 

Its chief use has been as a remedy in pectoral complaints. A pleasant syrup is made in France from its fronds and rhizomes, which is given as a favorite medicine in pulmonary catarrhs. It is flavored with orange flowers and acts as a demulcent with slightly stimulating effects. This plant is used medicinally by native Americans, internally for rheumatism, as a lotion for bumblebee and centipede stings, and smoke it or take it internally to treat mental illness. In Iran, frond infusion is used for jaundice therapy.


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