Oat herb (Avenae herba)

Published October 15, 1987.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Avenae herba, oat herb, wild oat herb.

Composition of Drug

Oat herb consists of the fresh or dried above-ground parts of Avena sativa L. [Fam. Poaceae], harvested during flowering season, as well as preparations thereof.


Oat herb preparations are used for acute and chronic anxiety, stress and excitation, neurasthenic and pseudoneurasthenic syndromes, skin diseases, connective tissue deficiencies, weakness of the bladder, and as a tonic and roborant.

In combinations, wild oat herb preparations are used also for diseases and ailments of the heart and circulatory system and the respiratory system, for metabolic diseases and disorders, diseases and discomforts due to old age, various forms of anemia, hypothyroidism, neuralgia and neuritis, hematoma, pulled muscle, sexual disorders, tobacco abuse, spasms, as a lactagogue and to increase performance capacity.

The effectiveness for the claimed applications is not documented.


None known.


Since the effectiveness of oat herb preparations is not documented, the therapeutic administration cannot be recommended.