Fixed Combinations of Marshmallow root, Fennel seed, Iceland Moss, and Thyme

Published April 4, 1992.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Composition of Drug

Fixed combinations consisting of:

Marshmallow root corresponding to B. Anz. 43, March 2, 1989;
Fennel seed corresponding to B. Anz. 74, April 19, 1991;
Iceland moss corresponding to B. Anz. 43, March 2, 1989;
Thyme corresponding to B. Anz. 228, December 5, 1984;

and their preparations in effective dosage.

Uses

Colds and diseases of the upper respiratory tract with dry cough.

Contraindications

Pregnancy:

Other preparations of fennel, except for teas and preparations with essential oil contents comparative to teas. Side Effects In individual cases, allergic reactions of the skin and respiratory tract.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Warning: The absorption of other, simultaneously taken drugs can be delayed.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Marshmallow root and Iceland moss must each be present at 50 - 75 percent of the daily dosage given in the monographs for the individual herbs. Also, fennel and thyme must each be present at 50 - 75 percent of the daily dosage given in the monographs for the individual herbs.

Mode of Administration

Comminuted drug and galenical preparations for oral intake.

Duration of Use

Preparations of fennel should not be taken over an extended period of time (several weeks) without consultation with a physician or pharmacist.

Actions

A bronchospasmolytic action is demonstrated for preparations of thyme and fennel seed. Marshmallow root and Iceland moss have a soothing effect. Thyme and Iceland moss have antibacterial action, and thyme, in addition, has an expectorant action. Pharmacological tests for the effectiveness of fixed combinations are not available.