Generic Name: Ostrich fern


What is ostrich fern used for?

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?

There are not enough studies about how ostrich fern works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that ostrich fern might act like a laxative.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using ostrich fern?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of ostrich fern or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herb are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herb must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is ostrich fern?

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. E

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.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from ostrich fern?

ating ostrich fern that has not been properly boiled can cause nausea, vomiting, stomachcramps, diarrhea, headaches, and severe food poisoning.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.


What interactions may I have with ostrich fern?

Ostrich fern may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for ostrich fern?

The dose for ostrich fern may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbs are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does ostrich fern come in?

Ostrich fern may be available in the following forms:

  • Raw ostrich fern
  • Processed ostrich fern products

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 11, 2018 | Last Modified: January 11, 2018

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