Dandelion herb (Taraxaci herba)

Published August 29, 1992.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Taraxaci herba, dandelion herb.

Composition of Drug

Dandelion herb, consisting of the fresh or dried above-ground parts of Taraxacum officinale G. H. Weber ex Wiggers s.l. [Fam. Asteraceae], as well as their preparations in effective dosage. The leaf contains bitter principles.

Pharmacological Properties, Pharmacokinetics, Toxicology

Not known.

Clinical Data 1. Uses Loss of appetite and dyspepsia, such as feeling of fullness and flatulence.

2. Contraindications

Obstruction of the bile ducts, gall bladder empyema, ileus. In case of gallstones, use only after consultation with a physician. Contact allergies caused by sesquiterpene-lactones in the latex have been only rarely observed. Experiments and observations concerning preparations are not available.

3. Side Effects

None known.

4. Special Precautions for Use


5. Use During Pregnancy and Lactation

None known.

6. Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

7. Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

4 - 10 g of herb 3 times daily; 4 - 10 ml liquid extract 1:1 in 25 percent alcohol 3 times daily. 8. Mode of Administration Cut herb for infusions, as well as for liquid preparations for internal use.

9. Duration of Administration


10. Overdosage

None known.

11. Special Warnings


12. Effects on Operators of Vehicles and Machinery