Generic: Polypodium vulgare
treats Psoriasis, Dementia, Atopic dermatitis, Vitiligo, and Skin damage caused by the sun
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Antioxidant, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, cancer, diuretic, fever, high blood pressure, immune system stimulation, inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders, pertussis, rheumatism or joint diseases, tissue repair after brain damage, upper respiratory tract infection, vaccination in animals for Fasciola hepatica, water retention, whooping cough.
Adults (18 years and older)
For psoriasis, a dose of 120 milligrams of anapsos (Polypodium leucotomos extract), taken daily by mouth, has been used for short periods of time in limited research. For UV radiation, 7.5 milligrams per kilogram has been studied. For dementia, preliminary research reports using 360 milligrams daily for four weeks. Safety and effectiveness are not clear.
No clear topical (on the skin) dosing regimen has been reported or established.
For vitiligo, 250 milligrams of Polypodium leucotomos has been taken three times daily in combination with narrow- band UVB (NB- UVB) twice weekly for 25- 26 weeks.
Children (younger than 18 years)
Little information is available about the use of polypodium in children and safety is not clear.
SafetyDISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.
People with allergies to ferns (family Polypodiaceae) should avoid polypodium.
Side Effects and Warnings
Isolated reports of itching or stomach upset are published. Studies of a different fern species, Polypodium vulgare, report sedation, changes in heart function in animals, low blood pressure, and rapid heart rate. Avoid driving and use of heavy machinery when taking Polypodium leucotomos extract due to theoretical sedative effects. People with heart disease or those being treated for heart disorders or high blood pressure should use caution.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding