Fixed Combinations of Caraway oil, Fennel oil, and Chamomile flower

Published August 13, 1991; Revised September 3, 1992.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Composition of Drug

Fixed combinations consisting of:

Caraway oil corresponding to December 14, 1989 (B. Anz. 22a, February 1, 1990);
Fennel oil corresponding to March 11, 1991 (B. Anz. p. 2742);
Chamomile flower corresponding to November 1, 1984 (B. Anz. p.13327);

and their preparations in effective dosage.

Uses

Dyspeptic discomfort, especially with mild spasms in the gastrointestinal region, flatulence, and a sensation of fullness.

Contraindications

Pregnancy. Not to be used for infants and small children.

Side Effects

In individual cases, allergic reaction of skin and respiratory tract.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

The individual components of the combination must be present in amounts equivalent to 30 - 50 percent of the daily dosage indicated in the monographs for the individual herbs.

Mode of Administration

Essential oil, comminuted drug and galenical preparations thereof for oral intake.

Duration of Application

Fennel preparations should not be taken over extended time periods (several weeks) without consultation of a physician or pharmacist.

Actions

A spasmolytic and antibacterial effect is documented for caraway oil, fennel oil, and chamomile flower. Pharmacological tests for the effectiveness of fixed combinations are not available.