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Cleavers Herb Health Benefits

Cleavers herb is commonly used all over the world. The dried or fresh herb is alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, aperient, astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic and vulnerary.


Cleavers is a reliable diuretic used to help clean gravel and urinary stones and to treat urinary infections.


This cleansing action makes cleavers useful in treating conditions like psoriasis and arthritis, which benefit from purifying the blood.


Cleavers is widely used by Western herbalists to treat oedema and other forms of swelling due to its stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, which is responsible for clearing extracellular waste from the body.


Cleavers can be taken as a tincture or tea, or used externally as a poultice, wash compress or in prepared products including salves, lotions and ointments.


As a tea, 3 to 9 grams of the dried leaves can be steeped in a cup of water for five to 15 minutes and taken up to five times per day.


Cleavers is edible and medicinal; it has been used for centuries as an alternative medicine by indigenous peoples on many continents. 


It is edible raw though said to be unpalatable, mainly used as a pot-herb or as an addition to soups.


An infusion of the herb has shown of benefit in the treatment of glandular fever, tonsillitis, hepatitis and cystitis. 


Cleavers stimulates liver function and improves digestion and absorption.  The infusion is also used to treat liver, bladder and urinary problems.


It can be used as a tonic for detoxification and it is high in vitamin C which boosts the immune system.


In combination with other herbs, juices and treatments, Cleavers will boost cancer treatment effectiveness.


Some have used Cleavers as an appetite suppressant for obesity. Cleavers has no known side effects and is thought to be safe for use by children and pregnant or nursing women.

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