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Cleavers is common to Europe and North America. It is primarily used as a lymphatic herb to treat various illnesses and infections associated with swollen lymph nodes. Cleavers is a useful alterative and is often used as an adjunctive herb in the treatment of chronic skin condition (e.g. psoriasis, acne, eczema).
It is a valuable diuretic and has been used for a variety of afflictions of the urinary system including infections and kidney stones.
Primarily used for acute inflammatory and infectious conditions with associated lymphadenopathy:
• conditions associated with nodular growths
• viral infections (esp. exanthemas)
• various skin conditions
• traditionally used to treat genital infections
• disorders of the urinary tract
• urinary tract infections (UTI)
• interstitial cystitis
• Iridoid Glucosides (Asperuloside)
• Phenolic Acids
• Tincture (1:5 in 25% EtOH): 4-10 ml tid
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 25% EtOH): 2-4 ml tid
• Infusion (dried herb): 2-4 g tid
Generally considered safe when used as indicated.
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