The Benefits of Cranesbill

What is Cranesbill?

Cranesbill is a herb common to eastern North America. The part used medicinally is the root. Cranesbill is found in tea, capsule, and liquid extract forms.

Other names for cranesbill include Geranium maculatum, American cranesbill, alum root, wild geranium, and spotted cranesbill.

Uses for Cranesbill

In alternative medicine, cranesbill has been used by indigenous peoples in North America for bleeding and diarrhea.

It is also used in alternative medicine for the following conditions:

  • Crohn's disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Uterine bleeding
  • Bladder inflammation


Like other supplements, little is known about the safety of long-term or regular use due to a lack of research.

Keep in mind that supplements haven't been tested for safety and dietary supplements are largely unregulated. In some cases, the product may deliver doses that differ from the specified amount for each herb. In other cases, the product may be contaminated with other substances such as metals. Also, the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. You can get further tips on using supplements here.

Some people develop indigestion after using cranesbill. 

Cranesbill shouldn't be used by pregnant or nursing women.

Using Cranesbill for Health

Given the lack of science behind cranesbill's purported health benefits, clove cannot currently be recommended as a standard treatment for any condition. If you're interested in using cranesbill for health purposes, it is essential that you consult your physician first. Self-treating and avoiding or delaying standard care can have serious consequences.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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