Fumitory (Fumariae herba)

Published September 18, 1986.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Fumariae herba, common fumitory.

Composition of Drug

Common fumitory herb consists of the dried, above-ground parts of Fumaria officinalis L. [Fam. Fumariaceae], gathered during the flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

The herb contains isoquinolines as the main ingredient, and also contains flavonoid glycosides.


Spastic discomfort in the area of the gall bladder and bile ducts, as well as the gastrointestinal tract.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

6 g of herb; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Cut herb and galenical preparations thereof for internal use.


A light, antispasmodic effect on the upper digestive tract is sufficiently documented.