Ground ivy
Ground ivy


Ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) is a plant found in Europa, Asia, and North America. The dried plant and crushed leaves are used to make medicine.

Ground ivy contains chemicals that might reduce swelling. It's also a rich source of potassium and iron.

People use ground ivy for sunburn and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Ground ivy is sometimes called catsfoot. Don't confuse this with another plant known as cat's foot. These are not the same.
When taken by mouth: Ground ivy is possibly safe in the amounts used to flavor foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if it is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine.

When applied to the skin: Ground ivy extract 1% lotion is possibly safe when used for up to 8 weeks. It might cause stinging or itching in some people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy: Ground ivy is likely unsafe when used during pregnancy. It might cause a miscarriage. Avoid use.

Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if ground ivy is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

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.


There is interest in using ground ivy for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of ground ivy might be. 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 a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Ground Ivy interacts with any medicines. Before taking Ground Ivy, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

Pennyroyal: Both ground ivy and pennyroyal contain a chemical called pulegone that can harm the liver. Using these two herbs together might increase the risk for liver damage.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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