Avenae stramentum

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

Oat Straw; stramentum avenae

Definition
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Avenae stramentum, also known as oat straw, is a drug monographed by the Commission E and is obtained from threshed leaves and stems of the plant immediately before flowering. Avenae stramentum is used, among other things, for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases, especially those of the seborrhoeic type.

Ingredients
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Avenae stramentum contains silicic acid (in the ashes 55 to 75%), flavonoids and triterpene saponins.

Effects
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Oatstraw has antiphlogistic, astringent and antipruritic effects.

Field of application/use
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Oat straw is used for the treatment of inflammatory and seborrheic skin diseases, weeping dermatoses and atopic eczema

Dosage
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100 g of the drug for a full bath.

Undesirable effects
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There are no known adverse effects.

Contraindication
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There are no known contraindications. However, full baths are generally not recommended in cases of extensive weeping dermatoses, febrile diseases or relevant heart failure.

Note(s)
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The use of oat straw has two disadvantages. Oat straw has a sometimes very unpleasant odour as a preparation and, as a raw extract, consists of a dark black liquid; this can lead to discolouration of the bathtub.

The seed oat was chosen as the medicinal plant of the year 2017.

Literature
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  1. Schilcher H (2016) Leitfaden Phytotherapie, Urban & Fischer Verlag Munich, p. 148 f.

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