Information on Cleavers

Latin NameGalium aparine
Other NamesGoosegrass
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTinctures, capsules, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsUrinary system, Lymphatic system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA spindly clamboring plant with whorls of narrow leaves arranged around the main stem covered with small hooked hairs that make the plant stick onto clothing and animals.
DescriptionCleavers is a mild diuretic and blood and lymphatic cleanser that is indicated for psoriasis and other skin conditions. It has a particular affinity for the lymphatic system and may be used for swollen glands, tonsillitis, and as a lymph tonic. Cleavers can be an effective herbal diuretic to clear bladder infections, cleanse the urinary tract, and help prevent small kidney stones from forming. In Chinese medicine cleavers are used to disperse stagnancy and inflammation and for urinary problems. Cleavers make a useful addition to formulas to lower blood pressure.

Cleavers has a taste of BITTER, ACRID and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Cleavers

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Lymph glands, swollen--acutelymphatic cleansertea, tincture, tea
Psoriasis, acuteheat clearingtincture
Tonsils, infected--acutelymphatic cleansertea, tincture
Edema, with venous stasisdiuretictea, tincture
Bladder infectionurinary cleanser; lymphatictincture, juice
Gravelurinary cleansertea, tincture


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