Actiniopteris radiata  Fan Leaf Fern.

Actiniopteris radiata Fan Leaf Fern.

A gorgeous small tropical fern for indoor planting. It likes warmth and shade and will grow to about 10-20cm in height.
The compost should be well drained and should not be overwatered, though it is not as tricky as it sounds! Basically a decent compost kept just moist, in shade and kept warm should do the trick.





Further information-
This is a very interesting fern from a pharmacological view. The fern contains several chemical constituents like Hentriacontane, Hentriacontanol, Hentriacontanone, ?-sitosterol, Quercetin-3-rutinoside, ?-sitosterol palmitate. The plant is claimed to possess anti-histaminic activity,
anti-cholinergic, anti-microbial activity, anti-inflammatory activity, anti-helmenthic
activity, analgesic activity, anti-tubercular activity and used as styptic.
Ethnomedical uses include:
Whole plant paste is applied on cuts
and wounds:
paste with sugar is given to kill intestinal worms twice for 3 days:
paste with sugar is also given two times a day as an
aphrodisiac, also used as tonic to increase the potency:
The plant paste with sugar candy is given as a cooling agent in case of syphilis:
The paste of two fronds is given daily two times a day to children to cure rickets:
The whole plant paste mixed with cow’s milk is given for the treatment of piles and leucorrhoea. In milk it is given twice a day for 2-3 days:
In case of epilepsy, plant paste with sugar candy is given:
The plant paste with honey is given twice a day for the treatment of leucorrhoea:
Plants are soaked overnight in a glass of water and taken orally in morning for control of blood
pressure and tuberculosis:
Plants are dried and one teaspoonful powder is taken orally, once a day for four days in the case of
cough:
The paste of 5-6 leaves mixed with fresh cow milk (nearly 200ml) is taken for a week or so, to overcome irregularly in menstrual period:
The ash (approx. 2-3 g) of the plant mixed with fresh cow milk (200ml) is given to a lady for fortnight after menses for conception:
On the other hand the paste of 8-10 leaves mixed with thin curd (nearly 250 ml) is given for birth
control:
Decoction of leaves is also used in tuberculosis.
Almost an entire medicine cabinet in one plant! With so folk-cures to its name it is not surprising that the pharmaceutical industry are taking this fern very seriously, especially its antimicrobial properties.
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Actiniopteris radiata Fan Leaf Fern.

Actiniopteris radiata  Fan Leaf Fern.
A gorgeous small tropical fern for indoor planting. It likes warmth and shade and will grow to about 10-20cm in height.
The compost should be well drained and should not be overwatered, though it is not as tricky as it sounds! Basically a decent compost kept just moist, in shade and kept warm should do the trick.





Further information-
This is a very interesting fern from a pharmacological view. The fern contains several chemical constituents like Hentriacontane, Hentriacontanol, Hentriacontanone, ?-sitosterol, Quercetin-3-rutinoside, ?-sitosterol palmitate. The plant is claimed to possess anti-histaminic activity,
anti-cholinergic, anti-microbial activity, anti-inflammatory activity, anti-helmenthic
activity, analgesic activity, anti-tubercular activity and used as styptic.
Ethnomedical uses include:
Whole plant paste is applied on cuts
and wounds:
paste with sugar is given to kill intestinal worms twice for 3 days:
paste with sugar is also given two times a day as an
aphrodisiac, also used as tonic to increase the potency:
The plant paste with sugar candy is given as a cooling agent in case of syphilis:
The paste of two fronds is given daily two times a day to children to cure rickets:
The whole plant paste mixed with cow’s milk is given for the treatment of piles and leucorrhoea. In milk it is given twice a day for 2-3 days:
In case of epilepsy, plant paste with sugar candy is given:
The plant paste with honey is given twice a day for the treatment of leucorrhoea:
Plants are soaked overnight in a glass of water and taken orally in morning for control of blood
pressure and tuberculosis:
Plants are dried and one teaspoonful powder is taken orally, once a day for four days in the case of
cough:
The paste of 5-6 leaves mixed with fresh cow milk (nearly 200ml) is taken for a week or so, to overcome irregularly in menstrual period:
The ash (approx. 2-3 g) of the plant mixed with fresh cow milk (200ml) is given to a lady for fortnight after menses for conception:
On the other hand the paste of 8-10 leaves mixed with thin curd (nearly 250 ml) is given for birth
control:
Decoction of leaves is also used in tuberculosis.
Almost an entire medicine cabinet in one plant! With so folk-cures to its name it is not surprising that the pharmaceutical industry are taking this fern very seriously, especially its antimicrobial properties.
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