Cleavers - Galium Aparine
This Cleavers (Galium aparine) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details about this e-book are here.
Cleavers - Galium aparine in the Rubiaceae or Madder family
Parts used: Fresh succulent aerial parts in flowering or seed-forming stage.
Taste/Smell: Fresh, pleasant taste.
Tendencies: Cooling and drying.
Dosage: 1:1 fresh + dry strength liquid extract: 30-75 drops; or a handful of fresh herb added to the juicer when making fresh vegetable juice.
Mental picture and specific indications: Due to its vulnerary action, cleavers can be helpful on ulcerated surfaces and is specific for tumors and ulcers in the mouth and throat. It is also beneficial for swollen glands and cysts. Cleavers is useful for skin irritations with a predilection for flexor surfaces like the bend of the forearm, the axilla and the back of the knees.
Use: (a) Relaxing diuretic, (b) Nutritious, (c) Vulnerary, (d) Hypotensive, (e) Lymphagogue, (f) Supports the immune system, (g) Corrects inability to pass normal catabolic wastes.
It is a soothing herb used in bladder and kidney problems. Cleavers has been shown to reduce stones and fibrocystic tissue. It can also be used for enuresis in children, benign prostatic hypertrophy and eczema.
Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time
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