Spiraeae ulmariae flos

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

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Last updated on: 13.09.2021

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Synonym(s)

Filipendulae ulmariae flos -herba; Filipendulae ulmariae flos/-herba; Meadowsweet; Meadowsweet blossoms/weeds; Meadowsweet flowers; Spiraeae ulmariae herba

Definition
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Spiraeae ulmariae flos/-herba, also called meadowsweet flowers or herb, is a drug used in herbal medicines as an adjuvant therapy for colds and to treat mild joint pain.

HMPC monograph: Traditional-use: Colds, aches and pains of the limbs

ESCOP mon ograph: Colds, increase of water excretion

Commission E-Monograph: Common colds

Ingredients
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Meadowsweet flowers or herb contains essential oil with about 75 % salicylaldehyde, phenylglycosides, benzyl alcohol, up to 5 % flavonoids (including spriaeoside and other quercetin derivatives) and tanning agents.

Effects
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Meadowsweet blossoms and herbs have antiphlogistic, astringent and antipyretic effects.

Field of application/use
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Meadowsweet blossoms or meadowsweet herb are used as a supportive therapy for colds and to treat mild joint pain.

Dosage
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The daily dose is 2.5 to 3.5 g meadowsweet flowers or 4 to 5 g meadowsweet herb. The crushed drug can be taken in the form of tea infusions several times a day.

Undesirable effects
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There are no known adverse effects.

Contraindication
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In case of known hypersensitivity to salicylate, it should not be taken. Children and adolescents under 18 years, pregnancy and lactation: No data.

Interactions
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There are no known interactions with other drugs.

Note(s)
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Meadowsweet flowers have a stronger effect than the herb, because they contain much more salicyladehyde and salicylic acid methyl ester.

Literature
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  3. https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-monograph/final-community-herbal-monograph-filipendula-ulmaria-l-maxim-flos-first-version_en.pdf
  4. https://arzneipflanzenlexikon.info/maedesuess.php