Usnea (Usnea species)

Published April 27, 1989.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Bartflechten

Name of Drug

Usnea species, usnea.

Composition of Drug

Usnea consists of the dried thallus of Usnea species, primarily of U. barbata (L.) Wiggers emend. Mot., U. florida (L.) Fries, U. hirta (L.) Hoffmann and U. plicata (L.) Fries [Fam. Usneaceae], as well as preparations of Usnea in effective dosage.

The herb contains lichenic acid.

Uses

Mild inflammations of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa.

Contraindications

None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Lozenges with preparations equivalent to 100 mg herb, 3 - 6 times daily, 1 lozenge. Mode of Administration Preparations of herb for lozenges and equivalent solid forms of medication.

Action

Antimicrobial.