Fixed Combinations of Caraway seed and Fennel seed

Published August 13, 1991.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Composition of Drug

Fixed combinations consisting of:

Caraway seed corresponding to December 14, 1989 (B. Anz. 22a, February 1, 1990);
Fennel seed corresponding to March 11, 1991 (B. Anz. p. 2742);

and their preparations in effective dosage.


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


In pregnancy, preparations other than teas and preparations with essential oil contents comparable to those of teas.

Side Effects

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

Interaction with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

The individual components must be present equivalent to 50 - 75 percent of the daily dosage indicated in the monographs for the individual herbs.

Mode of Administration

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

Duration of Application

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


A spasmolytic and carminative effect is documented for caraway seed and fennel seed. Pharmacological tests for the effectiveness of fixed combinations are not available.