Galium aparine


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Botanical Name: Galium aparine
Common name: Cleavers (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552)
Family: Rubiacae (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552)
Parts used: Aerial Parts (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552)


  • Plant acids: caffeic, p-coumaric, gallic, p-hydroxybenzoic, salicyclic and citric acid
  • Coumarins
  • Iridoids: asperuloside and rubichloric acid
  • Tannins

(Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552)



  • Diuretic
  • Alterative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Tonic
  • Astringent (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552)



  • Lymphatic tonic: used from problems of lymphatic system such as swollen glands, tonsillitis and adenoid trouble (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552).
  • Useful in dry skin conditions (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552)
  • Cystitis and other urinary tract conditions (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552).
  • Dropsy (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552).
  • Renal obstructions (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552).
  • Bladder stone (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552).
  • Ecezma (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552).
  • Psoriasis (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552).


Preparation & Dosage

Tincture (1:5): 4-8mL/tds

Infusion: 2-3tsp/1 cup water/tds

Succus: to be used straightaway to prevent fermentation


Cautions & Contradictions

No side effects reported (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552)



Often combined with urinary demulcents for urinary tract infections (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 552).


Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester Vermont: Healing Arts Press.

Image I: Wilhelm, O. (1885). Flora von Deutschland Österreich und der Schweiz. Retrieved from:

Image II: Pollock, S. (2011). Galium aparine L. Retrieved from:

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