Clivers is used as a diuretic, a mild astringent, for dysuria,
lymphadenitis, psoriasis, and specifically for enlarged lymph
No concerns regarding safety when used orally and
appropriately.13 There is no documented
Pregnancy and Lactation: Refer to a Medical Herbalist.
There is insufficient scientific information available about the
effectiveness of clivers.
Mechanism of Action:
The applicable parts of clivers are the dried or fresh above
ground parts. Cleavers contain tannins, which are reported to
have astringent properties.14
Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:
Interactions with Drugs:
Interactions with Foods:
Interactions with Lab Tests:
Dr Clare’s Blends: 1gm per day.
Oral: Typical doses are 2-4 grams dried above ground parts three
times daily, or one cup tea (steep 2-4 grams herb in 150 mL
boiling water 5-10 minutes, strain) three times
daily.14 Liquid extract (1:1 in 25% alcohol) 2-4 mL
three times daily.14
Spedific References: CLIVERS
13. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American
Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca
Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.
14. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A
Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The
Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.