Yarrow (Millefolii herba/flos)

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


Name of Drug

Millefolii herba, yarrow herb.
Millefolii flos, yarrow flower.

Composition of Drug

Yarrow herb consists of the fresh or dried, above-ground parts of Achillea millefolium L. [Fam. Asteraceae], harvested at flowering season, as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

Yarrow flower consists of the dried inflorescence of A. millefolium L. s.l. [Fam. Asteraceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains essential oil and proazulene.



Loss of appetite, dyspeptic ailments, such as mild, spastic discomforts of the gastrointestinal tract. As sitz bath:

Painful, cramp-like conditions of psychosomatic origin (in the lower part of the female pelvis). Contraindications Allergy to yarrow and other composites.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

4.5 g yarrow herb; 3 tsp. pressed juice from fresh plants; 3 g yarrow flowers; equivalent preparations. For sitz baths:

100 g yarrow per 20 l (5 gal.) of water. Mode of Administration Comminuted drug for teas and other galenical preparations for internal use and for sitz baths, pressed juice of fresh plants for internal use.