Avenca a.k.a Maidenhair




Botanical name:  Adiantum capillus-veneris

Origin: Brazil

Therapeutic actions: Anti-microbial; Anti-fertility; Anti-bacterial; Anti-candidal; Anti-viral; Contraceptive; Hypoglycemic.

Drug interactions: No known drug interactions.

Description: It is mainly used for coughs, asthma and kidneys.

Internal uses: In Brazilian herbal medicine today, the frond and leaf are employed for hair loss, coughs, bronchitis, laryngitis and throat dryness, and to improve appetite and digestion, stimulate renal function, regulate menstruation, and facilitate childbirth. In Peruvian herbal medicine, the frond and rhizome are used for hair loss, gallstones, hepatic calculi, hydrophobia, asthma, coughs, catarrh, and to regulate menstruation. In India, the entire plant is used for its cooling effects, for diabetes, colds, bronchial disease, and for its menstrual promoting properties. Externally it is used for boils, eczema, and wounds.

Suggested dosage: One-half cup leaf infusion twice daily or 1-3 ml of a 4:1 root tincture used

twice daily. If desired, 1 – 2 g of powdered leaf or root in tablets or capsules twice daily.

Caution: May act as a contraceptive.


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