Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Galii Aparinis
Common English: Galium
Goose Grass
Herbs that Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Heat that Clear Heat and Resolve Toxicity
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Cold
Large Intestine
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat, cools the Blood and resolves toxicity

Stomach and Intestinal catarrh, irritations of mucous membranes, tonsillitis, jaundice, fever, scarlet fever, measles, appendicitis, all acute diseases, sores and boils, snake and insect bites

Invigorates the Blood, unblocks the channels, heals wounds and stops bleeding

The juice of the fresh plant or a tea made from the dried plant is popular for skin problems, uterine bleeding, dysmenorrhea, traumatic injury

Expels Wind-Dampness and promotes urination

Common cold, Urinary tract infections, cystitis, arthritis, inflammatory stages of gonorrhea, edema, leukorrhea, dysentery, hematuria, hematochezia

Dissolves accumulations and expels stones

Kidney stones, scrofula

  • This herb may be used freely, but it should be taken for only 2 weeks at a time and then skip 1-2 weeks.
  • The juice may cause contact dermatitis.

Hb. Plantaginis
Che Qian Cao



Use 30g of each herb for edema and difficult urination



  1. Herbalists have long regarded cleavers as a valuable lymphatic tonic and diuretic. The lymph system is the body's mechanism to wash tissues of toxins, passing them back into the bloodstream to be cleansed by the Liver and kidneys. This cleansing action makes cleavers useful in treating conditions like psoriasis and arthritis, which benefit from purifying the blood. Cleavers is a reliable diuretic used to help clean gravel and urinary stones and to treat urinary infections. In cats, these actions make cleavers a safe long-term aid in the treatment of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), and the herb may also be useful for chronic low-grade kidney inflammation. In studies cleavers extract lowered blood pressure without slowing heart rate or having any health-threatening side effects.
  2. This herb is a coffee relative and the roasted seeds are used as a coffee substitute. The young leaves can be eaten like spinach.
  3. This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  4. This herb was considered by the ancients as an excellent remedy for obesity and also for cleansing the Blood.
  5. Used as a lotion it makes a first-rate tonic for the scalp, which it clears of dandruff, and the skin.
  6. It was once held to cure leprosy and is still used to treat skin cancer.
  7. For breast cancer, thyroid cancer, cervical cancer and submandibular gland cancer, decoct 30g (fresh one 150g) with the proper amount of brown sugar and take one dose 3-6 times daily.
  8. For appendicitis, decoct 120-180g of the fresh herb.
  9. For tongue and gum cancer, gargle an unrestricted dosage daily.
  10. External application of this herb id used to treat ulcerated breast cancer, vulvar cancer and penile cancer.
  11. For visceral and breast cancer, take 30g in decoction or pound 150g into a juice.
  12. One source says that this herb cures carbuncles, abdominal masses, tympanites and jaundice.
  13. For breast cancer, decoct and drink or pound 120g of this herb and mix with lard for external application.
  14. It has been shown to inhibit acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute agranulocytic leukemia.