Pheasant's Eye herb (Adonidis herba)

Published May 5, 1988; Revised February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Adonidis herba, pheasant's eye herb, adonis.

Composition of Drug

Pheasant's eye herb consists of the dried above-ground parts of Adonis vernalis L. [Fam. Ranunculaceae], gathered during the flowering season, as well as its preparations in effective dosage. The herb contains cardioactive glycosides and flavonoids.


Mild impairment of heart function, especially when accompanied by nervous symptoms.


Therapy with digitalis glycosides, potassium deficiency.

Side Effects

None known.

Note: If overdosed: nausea, vomiting, rhythmic heart disorder.

Interactions with Other Drugs

Enhancement of effectiveness, and thus also of side effects, with simultaneous administration of quinidine, calcium, saluretics, laxatives, and extended therapy with glucocorticoids.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

0.6 g of standardized adonis powder (DAB 9). Maximum single dosage:

1 g. Maximum daily dosage:

3 g. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb and preparations thereof for internal use.


Positively inotropic
Animal experiments showed a tonic effect on the veins.