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Cleavers

Also indexed as:Galium aparine
Cleavers: Main Image© Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Galium aparine

Parts Used & Where Grown

Cleavers grow in wet areas of Britain, Europe, Asia, and North America. Small prickles grow on the leaves of cleavers, causing it to have a sticky feeling and giving it its name. The leaves and flowers of cleavers are used medicinally.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Edema
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Cleavers is one of numerous plants considered in ancient times to act as a diuretic. It was therefore used to relieve edema and to promote urine formation during bladder infections.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Cleavers is one of numerous plants considered in ancient times to act as a diuretic.1 It was therefore used to relieve edema and to promote urine formation during bladder infections. It has also been used by people with lymph swellings, jaundice, and wounds.

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