Published September 18, 1986.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)
Equiseti herba, horsetail herb.
Horsetail consists of the fresh or dried, green, sterile stems of Equisetum arvense L. [Fam. Equisetaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.
The herb contains silicic acid and flavonoids.
Post-traumatic and static edema. Irrigation therapy for bacterial and inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract and renal gravel. External:
Supportive treatment for poorly healing wounds. Contraindications None known.
Note: No irrigation therapy in case of edema due to impaired heart and kidney function.
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Average daily dosage:
6 g of herb; equivalent preparations. External use in compresses:
10 g of herb to 1 liter of water. Mode of Administration Internal:
Comminuted herb for infusions and other galenical preparations for oral administration. For irrigation therapy, ensure an abundant fluid intake. External:
Comminuted herb for decoctions and other galenical preparations. Action Mild diuretic.