- English ivy is an herb. The leaves are used to make medicine. English ivy is most often used in the form of an extract and is seldom used as a prepared tea.
- English ivy is used for disorders of the liver, spleen, and gallbladder; as well as for muscle spasms, gout, joint pain (rheumatism), chronic bronchitis, and tuberculosis.
- It is also used for reducing swelling of the membranes that line the breathing passages and breaking up chest congestion (as an expectorant).
- Some people apply English ivy directly to the skin for burns, calluses, under-skin infections (cellulitis), swelling, nerve pain, parasitic infections, ulcers, joint pain (rheumatism), and swollen veins (phlebitis).
- English ivy leaves seem to be able to break up chest congestion and relieve muscle spasms. It seems to help breathing in children with chronic bronchitis.
Gum Ivy, Hedera helix, Hedera taurica, Hederae Helicis Folium, Herbes à Cors, Hiedra Común, Ivy, Lierre, Lierre Commun, Lierre Grimpant, True Ivy, Woodbind.
Source: WebMD, “English Ivy”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/