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AMERICAN IVY

(Vitis Hederacea / Parthenocissus Quinqefolia L.)


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  • American Ivy Description
  • American Ivy Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • American Ivy Dosage Information
  • American Ivy Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • American Ivy Supplements & Products




  • American Ivy


    AMERICAN IVY HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    A CLIMBING VINE

    American Ivy is also known as Vitis Hederacea, Virginia Creeper, Creeper, Enamorada del Muro, Enredadera de Virginia, False Grapes, Five Leaves, Herbe a la Puce, Ivy, Parra Virgen, Parthenocissus quinquefolia L., American Woodbine, and Woodbine. American Ivy is one of many ivy species (Hedera) with medicinal qualities. This ivy is a climbing or creeping vine with sticky disks on branched tendrils with rootlike fibers that attach themselves on trees, stone walls, and churches, etc. It is a woody vine and a member of the grape family with five dark, smooth, shining, and evergreen five-point leaflet clusters. The flowers are yellowish and small. The little berries are black or yellow in color. The bluish-black berry-like fruit contain chemicals that are considered poisonous.

    American Ivy has astringent, diuretic, stimulating, diaphoretic, and cathartic properties. Native Americans used a tea made from the plant for jaundice, a root tea for gonorrhea, scrofula, dropsy, bronchitis, pneumonia, cholera, and diarrhea. They used a tea made from the leaves to wash swellings and poison-sumac rash, and mixed the tea with vinegar for wounds and lockjaw. During the Great Plague of London, the berries were used to help induce sweating, and for their antiseptic properties.

    Other common types of ivy include English Ivy (Hedra helix), German Ivy (Senecio scandens), Ground Ivy (Gill or Nepeta Glechoma), Japanese Ivy (Ampelopsis tricuspidata) that is closely related to the Virginia Creeper, and Poison Ivy (Rhus Toxicodendron).





    American Ivy - Red Autumn Color


    AMERICAN IVY USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    MEDICINAL USES

    Juice made from American Ivy is said to cure a headache, when applied to the nostrils, and an infusion of the leaves and berries will alleviate a severe headache. It also is used to treat dropsy, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems. Externally, a decoction of leaves will destroy head lice in children. Fresh leaves when bruised, will provide relief from bunions, corns, swollen glands, and ulcers. The berries of the American Ivy have been used to lessen the symptoms of rheumatism. People take American Ivy for digestion problems. They also use it to cause sweating, as a drying agent (astringent), and a tonic.




    AMERICAN IVY DOSAGE INFORMATION

    SUPPLEMENTS

    American Ivy comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions. The appropriate dose of American ivy 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 American ivy. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Consult your health care provider or other health care professional before using.




    American Ivy


    AMERICAN IVY SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS

    The berries and leaves of American Ivy are toxic. Touching the autumn foliage can cause dermatitis. It is suggested that you use American Ivy only under the supervision of your health care provider. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.




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    AMERICAN IVY HERBAL PRODUCTS

    No supplements or products have been found for American Ivy (Vitis Hederacea) herb. It would have to be wild harvested or grown by the user.

    See Ground Ivy for medicinal use and plant description.






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