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Overview Information

Maidenhair fern is a plant. People use it to make medicine.

Maidenhair fern is used for cough, whooping cough (pertussis), menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), hair loss, and several other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse maidenhair fern with maidenhair tree, which is another name for Ginkgo.

How does it work?

Maidenhair fern contains chemicals that might help reduce swelling (inflammation).


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Abnormally heavy bleeding during menstrual periods (menorrhagia).
  • Cough.
  • Darkening hair color.
  • Hair loss (alopecia).
  • Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea).
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the main airways in the lung (bronchitis).
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the stomach (gastritis).
  • Whooping cough (pertussis).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of maidenhair fern for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Maidenhair fern is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken in the small amounts used as a flavoring in alcoholic drinks. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if maidenhair fern is safe when taken in larger amounts as a medicine. There are reports that large amounts may cause vomiting in some people.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if maidenhair fern is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Maidenhair fern is UNSAFE to use when pregnant.

There isn't enough reliable information to know if maidenhair fern is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for MAIDENHAIR FERN Interactions.



The appropriate dose of maidenhair 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 maidenhair 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.

View References


  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 172 -- Food additives permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption. Available at:
  • Yuan Q, Zhang X, Liu Z, et al. Ethanol extract of Adiantum capillus-veneris L. suppresses the production of inflammatory mediators by inhibiting NF-?B activation. J Ethnopharmacol 2013;147(3):603-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2013.03.046. View abstract.

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