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Lady Fern

What other names is Lady Fern known by?

Athyrie Fougère-Femelle, Athyrium filix-femina, Athyrium Fougère-Femelle, Brake Root, Common Polypod, Fougère-Femelle, Fougère Femelle, Helecho, Helecho de Pozo, Helecho de Roble, Helecho Hembra Menor, Oak Fern, Polipodio Común, Polypodium filix-femina, Rock Brake, Rock of Polypody.

What is Lady Fern?

Lady fern is a plant. The root and root-like stem are used to make medicine.

People take lady fern for lung and breathing problems, cough, and digestive tract illnesses.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Lung and breathing problems.
  • Cough.
  • Digestive tract illnesses.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lady fern for these uses.

How does Lady Fern work?

There isn't enough information to know how lady fern might work.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if lady fern is safe or what the potential side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Dosing considerations for Lady Fern.

The appropriate dose of lady 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 lady 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.

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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Reviewed on 9/17/2019

Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.


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