Spinach leaf (Spinaciae folium)

Published May 5, 1988.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Spinaciae folium, spinach.

Composition of Drug

Spinach consists of the fresh or dried leaf of Spinacia oleracea L. [Fam. Chenopodiaceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Spinach preparations are used for ailments and complaints of the gastrointestinal tract, as a blood-generating remedy, to stimulate growth in children, as an appetite stimulant, for fatigue, and for supporting convalescence.

The claimed applications have not been sufficiently documented.


None known.


Since the efficacy has not been documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.