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Updated September 18, 2012

What is Cranesbill?

Other names: Geranium maculatum, American cranesbill, alum root, wild geranium, spotted 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.

Why Do People Use Cranesbill?

Cranesbill has been used by indigenous peoples in North America to stop bleeding and to treat diarrhea.

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


Some people develop indigestion after using cranesbill. It shouldn't be taken for more than three consecutive weeks unless recommended by a qualified practitioner.

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

Cranesbill was a folk remedy to stop bleeding, but it shouldn't be used in place of conventional care.

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