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IVY - 常春藤
Hedera helix


Bronchitis, whooping cough, chronic catarrh, dry cough; also for treatment of gout, rheumatism, Arthritis ...


Composition :
Capsule, 100% Hedera helix folium - 220 mg

Part used :

Ivy (common ivy, English ivy, poison ivy) is a genus of a dozen species of perennial evergreen, climbing or ground-creeping, woody plants in the ivy family (Araliaceae), native to western, central and southern Europe, Macronesia, northwestern Africa and across central/southern Asia east to Japan and Taiwan. With its sucking roots, the plant climbs up on trees and walls – sometimes to heights of 20 meters (60 ft). It is a sturdy plant often used as a ground canopy or wall cover in gardening.

Ivy leaves are harvested in spring and early summer – before bloom – as the blossoms and the fruits are poisonous (hence the name ‘poison ivy‘). The young leaves contain 3-6% saponins, alpha- and beta-hexedrin, flavonolglycosides, rutin (phenolic compound with antibacterial, antioxidant properties), emetine, sterol, scopolin, chlorogenic acid and elixine, a combination of compounds which has expectorant properties and is used in treatment of a variety of coughs and chronic inflammation of the respiratory system. A spasmolytic (muscle relaxing) property of the leaves has been shown, as well. In naturopathic medicine, ivy is used to treat rheumatoid disorders (e.g. arthritis). External uses include infestation with lice, scabies, edema and burns. The saponins have antimycotic and antibacterial properties. In 2010, ivy was chosen ‘medicinal plant of the year’.

Note: Overdose or even high doses may cause occasional vertigo and/or nausea.

History: In ancient Greece, ivy was a symbol of eternal life and loyalty.


Take 1-2 capsules three times daily, with plenty of water.