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Lady's Mantle

Lady’s Mantle. Alchemilla vulgaris


lady's mantle illustrtionAlso Known As:

Lion's Foot, Manto de la Virgen, Nine Hooks, Nueve Ganchos, Pie de León, Silerkraut.

CAUTION: See separate listing for Alpine Lady's Mantle.


Scientific Name:

Alchemilla xanthochlora; Alchemilla vulgaris.

Family: Rosaceae.


People Use This For:

Alchemilla is used for mild diarrhoea, heavy menstrual flow, diabetes, menopausal

complaints, painful menses, gastrointestinal disorders, as a relaxant for muscle spasms, an anti-inflammatory, a diuretic, and as a garglefor mouth and throat inflammation.

Topically, alchemilla is used as an astringent for bleeding, to improve wound healing, for ulcers, eczema, skin rashes, and as a bath additive for treating lower-abdominal ailments.



Alchemilla has been used for many years without reports of significant toxicity (2, 3, 4).

No scientific studies have been carried out for topical use of alchemilla.

Pregnancy: There are no scientific studies available. A 2012 pharmaceutical review assessment describes it as safe in pregnancy 

Breastfeeding: There are no scientific studies available.The above review has no comment for avoiding or for indications for use.



There is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness of alchemilla.


Mechanism of Action:

The above ground parts are used. Alchemilla contains 6-8% tannins (3), which are likely to account for its perceived astringent activity (2). A water extract of Alchemilla xanthochlora demonstrates lipid peroxidation and superoxide anion scavenging activity (2). Flavonoid extracts inhibit proteolytic enzymes, including elastase, trypsin, and alpha-chymotrypsin. This property suggests alchemilla might have a role in protecting conjunctive and elastic tissues (2).


Adverse Reactions:

Although one reference refers to an association with liver damage no cases have

been reported and the association is likely to be spurious (3).


Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:

None known.


Interactions with Drugs:

None known.


Interactions with Foods:

None known.


Interactions with Lab Tests:

None known


Interactions with Diseases or Conditions:

None known



Oral: For diarrhoea, a typical dose is one cup tea, prepared by steeping 1-4 grams above ground parts in boiling water for 10 minutes and then straining (3), used up to three times per day between meals. The average amount used per day is 5-10 grams. Equivalent preparations can also be used (1). Diarrhoea persisting for more than 3-4 days should be medically evaluated (3).

Topical: No typical dosage.


Specific References: LADY’S MANTLE

1. Blumenthal M, ed. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Trans. S. Klein. Boston, MA: American Botanical Council, 1998.

2. The Review of Natural Products by Facts and Comparisons. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Co., 1999.

3. Wichtl MW. Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals. Ed. N.M. Bisset. Stuttgart: Medpharm GmbH Scientific Publishers, 1994.

4. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton,FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997

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