Christs Spear, Christ's Spear, English Adders Tongue, Érythrone Anglais, Green Oil of Charity, Herbe aux Cent Miracles, Herbe sans Couture, Langue de Chien, Langue de Serpent, Lengua de Serpiente Inglesa, Ophioglosse, Ophioglosse des Alpes, Ophioglosse Commun, Ophioglosse Langue-de-Serpent, Ophioglosse Vulgaire, Ophioglossum vulgatum, Serpent's Tongue, Serpents Tongue.


Overview Information

English adder's tongue is a plant. The root and leaf are sometimes used to make medicine.

English adder's tongue is used for wound healing and skin ulcers, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use for any condition.

Don't confuse English adder's tongue (Ophioglossum vulgatum) with American adder's tongue (Erythronium americanum).

How does it work?

There isn't enough reliable information to know how English adder's tongue might work as a medicine.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Skin ulcers.
  • Wound healing.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate English adder's tongue for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

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

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if English adder's tongue is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for ENGLISH ADDER'S TONGUE Interactions.



The appropriate dose of English adder's tongue 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 English adder's tongue. 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


  • Clericuzio M, Burlando B, Gandini G, et al. Keratinocyte wound healing activity of galactoglycerolipids from the fern Ophioglossum vulgatum L. J Nat Med. 2014;68(1):31-7. View abstract.
  • Clericuzio M, Tinello S, Burlando B, et al. Flavonoid oligoglycosides from Ophioglossum vulgatum L. having wound healing properties. Planta Med. 2012;78(15):1639-44. View abstract.

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