What is alchemilla used for?

Alchemilla is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

 For internal use, alchemilla is used to:

  • Stomach problems
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Diabetes
  • Water retention
  • Swelling (inflammation)
  • Muscle spasms
  • As a gargle for sore mouth and throat
  • Heavy or painful menstrual periods
  • Symptoms of menopause

Also, for external use, this herbal is used for:

  • Stop bleeding
  • Improve wound healing
  • Treat ulcers, eczema, or skin rashes

Alchemilla is also added to bath water for treating lower-abdominal ailments.

Alchemilla may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist, herbalist for more information.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies showing that alchemilla contains chemicals called tannins, which might help diarrhea.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using alchemilla?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of alchemilla or other medications or other herbals.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is alchemilla?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this herbal during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.


There is no proven safe or effective dose for alchemilla in children.


Stop taking alchemilla at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from alchemilla?

Alchemilla causes liver damage while using. Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.


What interactions may I have with alchemilla?

This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.

Some products that may interact with this herbal, including:

  • Warfarin (Coumadin®): Alchemilla may decrease the efficacy of these medications due to its proposed coagulation (blood clotting) effects.
  • Iron supplements: Alchemilla contains tannins, which may reduce the absorption of iron supplements.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for alchemilla?

Classical use of the herb:

The recommended dose is 5 to 10 g of herb daily for treatment of diarrhea.

Alchemilla tea:

  • Add two teaspoon of the dried herb in 2-3 dl of boiling water and let it pull for 10-15 minutes.
  • Three cups a day if often recommended.
  • To make a stronger tea the herb can be boiled for few minutes in order to release as much of the tannins as possible.

As a tincture:

The usual recommended dose is 1-2 ml three times a day.

The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does alchemilla come in?

This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:

  • Infusions
  • Tinctures
  • Ointment
  • Mouthwashes and gargles
  • Douches or suppositories

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: May 6, 2017 | Last Modified: May 6, 2017

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