Fixed Combinations of Valerian root, Hops, and Lemon Balm

Published May 8, 1991.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Name of Drug

Fixed combinations of valerian root, hops, and lemon balm.

Composition of Drug

Fixed combinations consisting of:

Valerian root corresponding to B. Anz. 90, May 15, 1985;
Hops corresponding to B. Anz. 228, December 5, 1984;
Lemon Balm corresponding to B. Anz. 228, December 5, 1984;

and their preparations in effective dosage.

Uses

Difficulty in falling asleep due to nervousness, unrest.

Contraindications

None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

In a combination of two components of the above given three possibilities, the individual combination components must be present at 50 - 75 percent of the daily dosage recommended in the monographs for the individual herbs. In combinations of all three components, each component must be at 30 - 50 percent of the daily dosage recommended in the monographs for the individual herbs.

Mode of Administration

Comminuted drug for teas and other galenical preparations for oral intake.

Action

A sedative, sleep-promoting effectiveness is documented for valerian root, hops, and lemon balm. Pharmacological tests for the effectiveness of the combination indicated a sedative, sleep-promoting effectiveness.

Effects on Operators of Vehicles and Machinery

Medications with sleep-promoting actions can change the ability to react, so that participation in traffic or operation of machinery is impaired, even when taken under strict directions.

This action is enhanced in combination with alcohol.