Calendula herb (Calendulae herba)

Published July 14, 1993.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Calendulae herba, calendula herb.

Composition of Drug

Calendula herb consists of the fresh or dried above-ground parts of Calendula officinalis L. [Fam. Asteraceae], harvested during flowering season, as well as preparations thereof in effective dosage.

Pharmacological Properties, Pharmacokinetics, Toxicology

Not known.

Clinical Data 1. Uses Preparations of calendula herb are used as a stimulant for circulation, promotion of healing, as a releasing, lancing and purging agent, as well as for gastric hemorrhage, ulcers, spasms, swelling of the glands, jaundice, anemia, spleen disorders. Topically they are used for putrid or cancerous abscesses, wounds, bleeding and eczema.

In combinations, preparations of calendula herb are used for nausea, loss of appetite, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and the liver-gallbladder system, as a laxative for metabolic disorders, for stimulation of the liver-gallbladder function, for constitutional abnormalities, blood purification, mobilization of endogenous defense mechanism, for disturbances of the cardiac and circulatory system, arteriosclerosis, heart problems, weakness of the heart muscle, headache, dizziness, tinnitus, conditions of anxiety, abnormal sensation of cold in hands and feet, tiredness, sleeplessness, as support for the bronchial system, preventative for mucous formation and cough, for influenza, stones, hemorrhoids, weak veins, stimulating urination and excretion of uric acid, for dropsy, for prevention of prostatitis, bladder irritation, prostate hypertrophy, ischuria (retention or suppression of urine), epididymitis, gout, rheumatism, abscesses, skin diseases, frostbite, muscular atrophy, dystrophic nervous disturbances, and topically for ulcers of the leg, putrid or slow-to-heal wounds, and for abnormalities of the connective tissue.

The effectiveness for the claimed applications has not been demonstrated.

2. Risks

None known.


Since the effectiveness for the claimed uses has not been demonstrated, a therapeutic application cannot be recommended.