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What other names is English Ivy known by?

Gum Ivy, Hedera helix, Hedera taurica, Hederae Helicis Folium, Herbes à Cors, Hiedra Común, Ivy, Lierre, Lierre Commun, Lierre Grimpant, True Ivy, Woodbind.

What is English Ivy?

English ivy is a vine. The leaves are used to make medicine.

People take English ivy by mouth for swelling and blockage of airway passages, to treat and improve lung function in people with bronchial swelling, to help bring up mucus and other material up from the lungs, for liver disorders, spleen disorders, gallbladder disorders, gout, joint pain and swelling, and scrofulosis.

People apply English ivy to the skin for burns, calluses, skin infection, inflammation, nerve pain, parasites, ulcers, joint pain and swelling, and vein swelling.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bronchitis. Early research shows that taking cough syrup (Prospan; Panoto-s; Athos; Abrilar) or herbal drops (Prospan Herbal Drops) containing English ivy leaf extract by mouth, alone or with usual treatment, for about 1-3 weeks might improve lung function in children ages <1 to 15 years, as well as adults, with sudden or recurring bronchitis. however, it's too soon to tell if the improvement is due to english ivy extract, the usual treatment, or natural course of the disease.
  • Liver disorders.
  • Spleen disorders.
  • Gallbladder disorders.
  • Gout.
  • Joint pain and swelling.
  • Scrofulosis.
  • Skin wounds.
  • Nerve pain.
  • Ulcers.
  • Parasites.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of English 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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