Cleavers (Galium aparine) is one of the plants that shows itself in the Spring, wraps around your ankle, and wants to go home with you! As with most Spring herbs, it is nourishing and detoxifying, but has specific activity in the lymphatic system. It is very gentle and for this reason, can be underestimated and pushed aside for harsher, more yang lymph cleansers like ceanothus or poke. Cleavers is a lymphatic cleanser that nourishes the yin, calms the Vata, which I (Dr. Welliver) have had success using even in very serious neurologic complaints. As it works on the lymphatic tissue, it also helps with the fluid balance of the extracellular matrix. It is gentle and safe to be used with anyone. Dr. Welliver has great gratitude for Cleavers.