Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Find a Vitamin or Supplement

OSTRICH FERN

Other Names:

Fiddlehead Fern, Fougère d’Allemagne, Fougère Autruche, Fougère à l’Autruche, Fougère de l’Autruche, Fougère Plume d’Autruche, Garden Fern, Hardy Fern, Helecho de Pluma de Avestruz, Matteuccia struthiopteris, M...
See All Names

OSTRICH FERN Overview
OSTRICH FERN Uses
OSTRICH FERN Side Effects
OSTRICH FERN Interactions
OSTRICH FERN Dosing
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.

OSTRICH FERN Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Sore throat, when used as a gargle.
  • Wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Boils, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ostrich fern for these uses.


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 Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for OSTRICH FERN Interactions

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.

Be the first to share your experience with this treatment.

Review this Treatment

Learn about User Reviews and read IMPORTANT information about user generated content

Conditions of Use and Important Information: This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

This copyrighted material is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version. Information from this source is evidence-based and objective, and without commercial influence. For professional medical information on natural medicines, see Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Professional Version. © Therapeutic Research Faculty 2009.

Search for a Vitamin or Supplement

Ex. Ginseng, Vitamin C, Depression

Today on WebMD

Woman taking a vitamin or supplement
Article
Man taking a vitamin or supplement
Article
 
clams
Quiz
Woman in sun
Slideshow
 
Couple in bed
Article
!!69X75_Vitamins_Supplements.jpg
Evaluator
 
Woman sleeping
Article
Woman staring into space with coffee
Article
 
Related Newsletters

Stay Informed with the latest must-read information delivered right to your inbox.

IMPORTANT: About This Section and Other User-Generated Content on WebMD

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatment or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.

Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.