Information on Cranesbill

Latin NameGeranium maculatum
Other NamesWild geranium
Part UsedRoot, Herb
Herb FormsBulk herb, tincture.
AffectsBlood, Reproductive system, Digestive system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA perennial member of the Geranium family with three to five parted leaves and rose-purple flowers; native to the forests of the eastern United States.
DescriptionCranesbill is an astringent, styptic herb given for diarrhea and external bleeding. It is sometime mixed with other herbs for internal bleeding and is used as a douche for leukorrea and topically for hemorrhoids.

Cranesbill has a taste of BITTER, ASTRINGENT and a temperature of NEUTRAL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture5-30 drops daily

Ailments Treated by Cranesbill

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bleeding, externalstyptictea externally


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Wren, R.C. 1988. Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs. Essex: C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd.