Lovage root (Levistici radix)

Published June 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Levistici radix, lovage root.

Composition of Drug

Lovage root consists of the dried rhizomes and roots of Levisticum officinale Koch [Fam. Apiaceae], as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains essential oil and coumarin derivatives.


Irrigation therapy for inflammation of the lower urinary tract and for prevention of kidney gravel.


Preparations of lovage should not be used if acute inflammation of the kidney parenchyma with impaired kidney function exists.

No irrigation therapy in cases of edema due to limited heart and kidney function.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

4 - 8 g of drug; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb and other galenical preparations for internal use.

Note: Intense exposure to the sun and ultraviolet light should be avoided during extended use of lovage root.


The ligustilide-containing essential oil is antispasmodic.