Fixed Combinations of Peppermint leaf, Caraway seed, Fennel seed, and Chamomile flower

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

Composition of Drug

Fixed combinations consisting of:

Peppermint leaf corresponding to November 11, 1985 (B. Anz. p. 14335);
Caraway seed corresponding to December 14, 1989 (B. Anz. 22a, February 1, 1990);
Fennel seed 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

In case of gallbladder disease, only to be used after consultation with a physician or pharmacist.

Pregnancy:

Preparations other than teas and preparations with essential oil contents comparable to those of teas. Side Effects In individual cases, allergic reactions of the skin and respiratory tract.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

The individual components of the combination must be equivalent to 20 - 40 percent of the daily dosage given in the monographs for the individual herbs.

Mode of Administration

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

Duration of Application

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

Actions

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