Liverwort is a plant. People make medicine out of the fresh or dried parts that grow above the ground.

Despite serious safety concerns, liverwort is used for treating gallstones, liver conditions, stomach and digestive disorders, hemorrhoids, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
When taken by mouth: Fresh liverwort is LIKELY UNSAFE. It can cause side effects such as diarrhea, stomach irritation, and kidney and urinary tract irritation. There isn't enough reliable information to know if dried liverwort is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: Fresh liverwort is LIKELY UNSAFE. It can cause irritation, itching, and pus-filled blisters. There isn't enough reliable information to know if dried liverwort is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is LIKELY UNSAFE to take fresh liverwort by mouth or apply it to the skin. It's especially important to avoid using fresh liverwort if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. There isn't enough reliable information to know if dried liverwort is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
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  • Swelling (inflammation) of the liver (hepatitis).
  • Stomach and digestive discomfort.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Gallstones.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Varicose veins.
  • Poor blood circulation.
  • Menopausal symptoms.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Stimulating the pancreas.
  • Strengthening nerves.
  • Stimulating metabolism.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of liverwort for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of liverwort 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 liverwort. 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.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

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

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


There isn't enough reliable information to know how liverwort works or what effect it has on the body. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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