Manna (Manna)

Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Manna

Name of Drug

Manna, manna ash.

Composition of Drug

Manna consists of the dried sap generated from the slit bark of trunk and branches of Fraxinus ornus L. [Fam. Oleaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains mannitol.

Uses

Constipation. Ailments where an easier elimination and a soft stool are desirable, such as anal fissures, hemorrhoids, and post-rectal/anal surgery.

Contraindications

Bowel obstruction.

Side Effects

Sensitive individuals can experience nausea and flatulence.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

For adults, 20 - 30 g of drug; For children, 2 - 16 g of drug; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb and other galenical preparations for internal use.

Duration of Administration

Laxatives should not be taken for an extended period of time without consulting a physician.

Action

Laxative.