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.

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