Aphanes arvensis is a small, annual plant, usually much-branched from the base, with erect or sprawling stems 2 - 20cm lon. Parsley Piert has a long history of medicinal use, particularly as a diuretic and to rid the body of stones in the kidney or bladder. The plant is still often used in modern herbalism, being mainly harvested from the wild and sometimes traded.
Alchemilla arvensis is commonly used for the removal of kidney and urinary stones and gravel. It has a potent diuretic action as well as a soothing demulcent on the urinary tract and is of benefit in all cases of painful urination. It may be used where there is water retention, especially where this is due to kidney or liver problems.