Soapwort root, White (Gypsophilae radix)

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

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Name of Drug

Gypsophilae radix, white soapwort root.

Composition of Drug

White soapwort root consists of the dried, underground parts of Gypsophila species, particularly Gypsophila paniculata L., [Fam. Caryophyllaceae], as well as preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains saponins.


Catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract.


None known.

Side Effects

In rare cases irritation of the gastric mucosa.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

30 - 150 mg drug; 3 - 15 mg gypsophila saponin; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Ground herb for teas, gypsophila saponin and other galenical preparations for internal use.


Irritates mucous membranes
In high dosage, cytotoxic.