July 29, 2016

Ground Ivy

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What other names is Ground Ivy known by?

Alehoof, Catsfoot, Cat's-Paw, Couronne de Terre, Courroie de Terre, Courroie de la Saint-Jean, Creeping Charlie, Gill-Go-By-The-Hedge, Gill-Go-Over-The-Ground, Glechoma hederacea, Glécome Lierre, Haymaids, Hedgemaids, Herbe de Saint-Jean, Lierre Terrestre, Lizzy-Run-Up-The-Hedge, Nepeta hederacea, Robin-Run-In-The-Hedge, Tierra-Hiedra, Tun-Hoof, Turnhoof.

What is Ground Ivy?

Ground ivy is a plant. The dried plant and crushed leaves are used to make medicine.

People take ground ivy for mild lung problems, coughs, and bronchitis. They also take it for arthritis and other joint pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), stomach problems, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, bladder infections, bladder stones, and kidney stones. Women take it for menstrual (period) problems.

Some people apply ground ivy directly to the skin for wounds, ulcers, and other skin conditions.

In food manufacturing, ground ivy is used as a flavoring.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Mild lung problems.
  • Coughs.
  • Arthritis.
  • Joint and muscle pain (rheumatism).
  • Menstrual (period) problems.
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
  • Diarrhea.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Stomach problems.
  • Bladder stones.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Wounds or other skin conditions, when applied directly to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ground ivy for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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