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Overview Information

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

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

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

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

How does it work?

Ground ivy contains chemicals that may decrease inflammation. It might also work as an astringent to dry out body fluids such as mucus and to help stop bleeding.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Sunburn: Early research shows that applying a lotion containing ground ivy extract to a sunburn decreases redness and speeds up recovery.
  • 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.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Ground ivy is POSSIBLY SAFE in the amounts used to flavor foods and in small doses as medicine. In some people, taking ground ivy by mouth in large amounts can cause irritation to the stomach and kidneys. Ground ivy is also POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin for up to 8 weeks. It may cause stinging or itching in some people.

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.



We currently have no information for GROUND IVY Interactions.



The appropriate dose of ground ivy depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for ground ivy. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


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  • Henry, D. Y., Gueritte-Voegelein, F., Insel, P. A., Ferry, N., Bouguet, J., Potier, P., Sevenet, T., and Hanoune, J. Isolation and characterization of 9-hydroxy-10-trans,12-cis-octadecadienoic acid, a novel regulator of platelet adenylate cyclase from Glechoma hederacea L. Labiatae. Eur J Biochem 12-30-1987;170(1-2):389-394. View abstract.
  • Komprda, T., Stohandlova, M., Foltyn, J., Pozdisek, J., and Mika, V. Content of p-coumaric and ferulic acid in forbs with potential grazing utilization. Arch Tierernahr. 1999;52(1):95-105. View abstract.
  • Kuhn, H., Wiesner, R., Alder, L., and Schewe, T. Occurrence of free and esterified lipoxygenase products in leaves of Glechoma hederacea L. and other Labiatae. Eur J Biochem 12-8-1989;186(1-2):155-162. View abstract.
  • Kumarasamy, Y., Cox, P. J., Jaspars, M., Nahar, L., and Sarker, S. D. Biological activity of Glechoma hederacea. Fitoterapia 2002;73(7-8):721-723. View abstract.
  • Tokuda, H., Ohigashi, H., Koshimizu, K., and Ito, Y. Inhibitory effects of ursolic and oleanolic acid on skin tumor promotion by 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate. Cancer Lett 1986;33(3):279-285. View abstract.
  • Zieba, J. Isolation and identification of flavonoids from Glechoma hederacea L. Pol.J Pharmacol Pharm 1973;25(6):593-597. View abstract.
  • Zieba, J. Isolation and identification of non-heteroside triterpenoids from Glechoma hederacea L. Pol.J Pharmacol Pharm 1973;25(6):587-592. View abstract.
  • Ha JH, Kang WH, Lee JO, et al. Clinical evaluation of the depigmenting effect of Glechoma Hederacea extract by topical treatment for 8 weeks on UV-induced pigmentation in Asian skin. Eur J Dermatol. 2011;21(2):218-22. View abstract.
  • Pavek PLS. Plant guide for ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea). USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Published May 2013. Accessed October 14, 2017.
  • Safety of herbal medicinal products. Medicines Control Agency. Published July 2002. Accessed October 16, 2017.

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