ADIANTUM capillus – veneris "Αδίαντο" Kόμη της Αφροδίτης.
Adiantum capillus – veneris is popularly kown as “avenca”, “maidenhair fern”, and “adianto” is a native of the Amazon Forest and also temperate zones of Europe and the USA. This herb has amazing medicinal properties, which has had included in medicinal systems across the globe for thousands of years.
Among its main properties are stimulant, pectoral, laxative, expectorant, emollient, astringent, antibacterial and antitussive. It is used mostly for treating upper respiratory ailments, diabetes, digestion, irregular menstruation and for improving renal function.
Adiantum capillus – veneris is also used for gallstones. It is a mild diuretic and has detoxification properties hence, used as a blood purifier and liver and kidney detoxifier.
It is well known as a treatment for bronchitis, asthma and cough. Adiantum capillus – veneris is also used as a detoxificant for alcoholism and deworming. It provides relief against insect and snake bites. It is known to help with labour, dysmenorrhea, and irregular menstrual cycles.
The herb when massaged into the scalp stimulates hair growth and eliminates dandruff.
It is recommended that people with diabetes be careful when using this Adiantum capillus – veneris as it can suddenly lower blood sugar. As it is an uterine stimulant it is contraindicated for pregnant women and also women who desire to get pregnant.