Scotch Broom herb (Cytisi scoparii herba)

Published January 17, 1991.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Cytisi scoparii herba, Scotch broom herb.

Composition of Drug

Scotch broom herb consists of the above-ground parts of Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link, as well as preparations thereof in effective dosage.

The drug contains alkaloids, primarily sparteine. Preparations contain not more than 1 mg/ml of sparteine.


Functional heart and circulatory disorders.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interaction with Other Drugs

Due to the tyramine content, application of the drug can cause a blood pressure crisis by simultaneous administration of MAO-inhibitors.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

aqueous-ethanolic extracts equivalent to 1 - 1.5 g of drug. Mode of Administration Aqueous-ethanolic extracts for internal use.