Elder flower (Sambuci flos)

Published March 13, 1986.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

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Name of Drug

Sambuci flos, elder flower.

Composition of Drug

Elder flower consists of the dried, sifted inflorescence of Sambucus nigra L. [Fam. Caprifoliaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

Uses

Colds.

Contraindications

None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

10 - 15 g drug; 1.5 - 3 g fluidextract (according to Erg. B. 6); 2.5 - 7.5 g tincture (according to Erg. B. 6); equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Whole herb and other galenical preparations for teas, 1 - 2 cups of tea sipped several times daily, as hot as possible.

Actions

Diaphoretic
Increased bronchial secretion.