Rose Hip seed (Rosae fructus)

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


Name of Drug

Rosae fructus, rose hip seed.

Composition of Drug

Rose hip consists of the ripe, dried seed of various species of the genus Rosa L. [Fam. Rosaceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Preparations of rose hip seed are used for diseases and ailments of the kidney and lower urinary tract, for dropsy (hydrops), as a diuretic, for arthritic conditions, rheumatism, gout, sciatica, for colds, as a laxative, for diseases with fever, as an astringent, for vitamin C deficiency, and for "blood purification."

The effectiveness for the claimed applications is not documented.


None known.


Since the effectiveness is not documented, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.