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• supports the function of the lymphatic system
• known as an anti-inflammatory
• used to treat urinary infections
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Diuretic / Anti-inflammatory / Alterative
Cleavers is highly regarded as a tonic for stimulating the lymphatic system to improve its capacity and to decrease congestion and inflammation in the tissues. The lymphatic system is the detox and nutrient delivery system in the body, and the home of immune system functioning.
The main active constituents are glycoside (asperuloside), polyphenolic acids (caffeic-acid, gallic acid), and flavonoids.
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.
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Known Dosage (for Adults)
Lymph System Support: 1 teaspoon in water 3 times a day taken as a tonic for up to 2-3 months.
Urinary Tract infections, Cystitis, Bladder and Kidney Inflammation: 30 drops three times a day in 1 cup water, following 3 days after symptoms have subsided.
Breast & Ovarian Cancers: 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. (See Richo Cech recommendations on inclusion in cancer treatment protocol.)
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.
Mills SY. Out of the Earth: The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine. London: Viking Arkana, 1991, 493-4
'The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine' by Daniel B. Mowrey, PhD
'Making Plant Medicine' by Richo Cech
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