Oats (Avenae fructus)

Published May 5, 1988.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Avenae fructus, oats.

Composition of Drug

Oats consists of the ripe, dried fruits of Avena sativa L. [Fam. Poaceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Oat preparations are used for diseases and complaints of the gastric intestinal tract and in combination with physical weakness and fatigue; for neurasthenia and syndrome of neurasthenia, diabetes, consequences of nicotine abuse and in tonics.

The claimed effectiveness has not been substantiated.


Allergic reaction to oat gluten is possible in rare cases.


Since the efficacy for the claimed uses has not been demonstrated, a therapeutic application of oat preparation cannot be justified.