Iahas-Hamsapadi-Adiantum Philippense

Hamsapadi (Adiantum Philippense)


Hamsapadi Scientific Name

Adiantum philippense

Hamsapadi Other Names

Walking Fern, Maiden Hair
Hindi: Hamasapadi, Samalapatti, Hansaraj, Hanspadi, Hansapadi
Sanskrit: Hamspadi

What is Hamsapadi?

Hamsapadi, also known as Hansraj is an important Ayurvedic herb and can relieve poisonous affections, burns, and skin diseases (including leprosy) when applied externally. It is also included in several important compound preparations and formulations. Additionally, the fronds, when made into a plaster, can be applied to chronic gouty and to chronic tumors and other swellings to help relieve them. Hamsapadi juice promotes healing of wounds and abscesses. Burnt with oil, the fronds are used as an application to soothe itches.

Common forms of Hamsapadi

Powder, Juice

Hamsapadi is commonly used for:

  • Applying paste aids herpes and wounds
  • Reducing consequences of scorpion or spider bite (20-25ml of fresh juice)
  • Treating diarrhea (take with 3-5g with buttermilk)
  • Reducing fever
  • Purifying blood
  • Reducing ulcer
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Stopping cough
  • Treating throat disorders

Hamsapadi Dosage

Powder: 1-3g or as prescribed.
Juice: 10-20ml or as prescribed.

Hamsapadi Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Overdose can induce gastric irritation. Use Hamsapadi under medical supervision.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not known.
Children: Not known.
Do not take Hamsapadi without talking to your doctor first.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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