(Galium aparine)
extracted by tincture in food grade alcohol

Diuretic / Anti-inflammatory / Alterative

Plant Description/History: Known as the “Velcro” of the Plant Kingdom, Cleavers is found in partial shade areas, growing up and over other foliage, clinging with its fuzzy whorls of leaves along the stem. Cleavers is one of numerous plants used throughout history as a diuretic.

Constituents-Chemicals & Nutrients: The main active constituents are glycoside (asperuloside), polyphenolic acids (caffeic-acid, gallic acid), and flavonoids.

Indications: From the book "The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine" by Daniel B. Mowrey, PhD, the author notes that Cleavers acts directly on the kidneys much like Uva-ursi. Its action is weaker and more mild, although its specific action on acute inflammation or irritation of the urinary tract is stronger than most treatments. The use of Cleavers was known to the early eclectic physicians, who often combined it with Buchu and Uva-ursi for maximum benefit, including the elimination of gallstones and kidney stones. Cleavers also posses some antibiotic activity. Cleavers is considered one of the best tonics that helps to drain the lymphatic system, says Richo Cech in his book "Making Plant Medicine." The fresh juice is used internally for treating various cancers, including breast and ovarian. Cleavers has been used historically as an anti-inflammatory and blood purifier as well as treating urinary tract problems including infections, cystitis, bladder and kidney inflammation. It is also used to relieve acute cases of edema.

Dosage for Adults:
For tumors: 1/4 cup of the fresh juice taken three times daily. If the fresh plant is not available or abundant, use 2 teaspoons of tincture three times daily.

To treat the urinary tract: 30 drops three times a day in 1 cup water, following 3 days after symptoms have subsided.

Warnings: If you are taking lithium , do not use cleavers except under the supervision of a physician. Drink plenty of water as dehydration can become a serious problem when taking any diuretic.

Note: This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.