Spiny Restharrow root (Ononidis radix)

Published April 23, 1987; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Ononidis radix, spiny restharrow root.

Composition of Drug

Spiny restharrow root consists of the dried roots and rhizomes of Ononis spinosa L. [Fam. Fabaceae], harvested in autumn, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains isoflavonoids, such as ononin, flavonoids and small amounts of essential oil.


Irrigation therapy for inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract. Also for prevention and treatment of kidney gravel.


None known.

Note: No irrigation therapy in case of edema due to impaired heart and kidney function.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

6 - 12 g of drug; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb for teas and other galenical preparations for internal use.

Warning: Observe ample fluid intake.