OSTRICH FERN Overview Information
Ostrich fern is a plant. The young shoots of ostrich fern, known as fiddleheads, are used to make medicine.
People use ostrich fern as a gargle for sore throat.
Ostrich fern is sometimes applied directly to the skin for wounds and boils.
In foods, fiddleheads are regarded as a seasonal delicacy. They are available canned, frozen, or fresh. Fresh fiddleheads must be boiled at least 10 minutes before eating. Otherwise they can cause severe food poisoning.
How does it work?
Ostrich fern might act like a laxative. Otherwise, there isn't enough information to know how it might work.
- Sore throat, when used as a gargle.
- Wounds, when applied to the skin.
- Boils, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
OSTRICH FERN Side Effects & Safety
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.
OSTRICH FERN Dosing
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.