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Sweet Woodruff (Galii odorati herba)

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


Name of Drug

Galii odorati herba, sweet woodruff herb.

Composition of Drug

Sweet woodruff herb consists of fresh or dried above-ground parts of Galium odoratum (L.) Scopoli [Fam. Rubiaceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Sweet woodruff herb is used for prophylaxis and therapy of diseases and discomforts of the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, liver and gallbladder, as well as the kidney and urinary tract, also for circulatory disorders, venous complaints, weak veins, hemorrhoids, as an antiinflammatory and for dilation of the blood vessels. Furthermore, as sedative for sleep disorders, for inducing sleep, for spasms, abdominal discomforts, skin diseases, for wound treatment, as a diaphoretic, as a remedy for strengthening the nervous system and heart function, and for blood purification.

The effectiveness for the claimed applications has not been documented.


None known.


The therapeutic administration of sweet woodruff herb cannot be recommended, since the effectiveness is not documented.