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Medicinal use of ferns: an ethnobotanical review

Muhammad, M., Ismail, Z. S., Schneider,, H. and Hawkins, J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9048-8016 (2020) Medicinal use of ferns: an ethnobotanical review. Sains Malaysiana, 49 (5). pp. 1003-1014.

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Many fern (monilophyte) species are used in traditional medicine by indigenous communities and described in folklore and some have been accepted as main sources of drug discovery. However, the modern use of ferns in medicine, as a comprehensive, global summary of the ethnomedicinal uses of ferns. Based on these data, the documented therapeutic potential of ferns is analysed to highlight the gaps in our knowledge that deserve further investigation and can also be used as a starting point in the development of new drugs. Literature reports of ethnomedicinal uses total of 442 species are reported to be used, and the most prevalent therapeutic applications are for gastrointestinal disorders (45% of species). The species most frequently cited are Adiantum capillus-veneris L., Equisetum arvense L. and Equisetum ramosissimum ssp. ramosissimum Desf. Each of these important species has been reported in the primary literature more than 60 times. Further research targeting the individual ingredients responsible for the potential of medicinal fern species for their future clinical applications in modern medicine

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
ID Code:93841

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