Verbena herb (Verbenae herba)

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

Eisenkraut

Name of Drug

Verbenae herba, verbena herb.

Composition of Drug

Verbena herb consists of the above-ground parts of Verbena officinalis L. [Fam. Verbenaceae], as well as preparations thereof.

Uses

Preparations of verbena are used for diseases and ailments of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa, such as angina, sore throats, diseases of the respiratory tract, such as cough, asthma, and whooping cough, also pain, spasms, exhaustion, nervous conditions, digestive disorders, liver and gallbladder diseases, jaundice, diseases and ailments of the kidneys and lower urinary tract, menopausal complaints, irregular menstruation, for lactation during nursing, furthermore, for arthritic conditions, gout, metabolic disorders, anemia, dropsy, and externally for poorly healing wounds, abscesses and burns.

The effectiveness for the claimed applications is not documented.

Risks

None known.

Evaluation

Since effectiveness of the claimed applications has not been documented, therapeutic application of the herb cannot be recommended.

Because of its secretolytic action, it is possible that the herb can contribute positively to the activity of established combinations for use in catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract. However, the contribution to such preparations must be specifically determined.

Action

Secretolytic.