- What other names is Ground Ivy known by?
- What is Ground Ivy?
- How does Ground Ivy work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Ground Ivy.
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.
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- Mild lung problems.
- Joint and muscle pain (rheumatism).
- Menstrual (period) problems.
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
- Stomach problems.
- Bladder stones.
- Kidney stones.
- Wounds or other skin conditions, when applied directly to the skin.
- Other conditions.
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liver and also cause miscarriages. Larger amounts can irritate the stomach, intestines, and kidneys, and cause serious liver damage.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use ground ivy if you are pregnant. It could cause a miscarriage.
It's also best to avoid ground ivy if you are breast-feeding. There isn't enough information to know whether it is safe for a nursing infant.
Kidney disease: Ground ivy contains a chemical that can irritate the kidneys. Don't use ground ivy if you have kidney problems.
Liver disease: Ground ivy contains a chemical that can harm the liver. It could make existing liver disease worse. Don't use ground ivy if you have liver problems.
Epilepsy or another seizure disorder: Don't use ground ivy if you have epilepsy or a history of seizures.
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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011