Verbasci flos

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

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Last updated on: 08.09.2021

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Synonym(s)

Flores Verbasci; Royal candle blossoms; Woolflower; Wool Flowers

Definition
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Verbasci flos, also called woolly flowers or mullein flowers, is a drug made from the dried flowers reduced to the petals, taken in herbal medicines for the treatment of catarrhic upper respiratory tract infections, among other uses.

HMPC monograph: Traditional-use. Sore throat with dry cough and coldESCOP monograph
: common cold, cough, sore throat, as a mild expectorant.
Commission E-monograph: Catarrh of the airways

Ingredients
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Royal candle blossoms contain between 1.4 and 4 % flavonoids, including the glycosides kaemperol, quercetin, diosmin, apigenin, chrysoeride, luteolin, hesperetin, tamarixetin and eriodictyrol. Other ingredients are invert sugar (11 %), mucilage (3 %), saponins and iridoids such as aucubin.

Effects
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Royal candle blossoms have an anti-inflammatory, soothing and expectorant effect.

Field of application/use
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According to Commission E, mullein flowers are used as tea infusions in the treatment of upper respiratory tract catarrhs, coughs and simple colds.

Dosage
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The average daily dose of mullein flowers is 3 to 4 g. The drug is mostly used in the form of infusions.

Undesirable effects
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There are no known adverse effects.

Contraindication
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Allergy to one of the ingredients, children and adolescents under 12 years of age

Interactions
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There are no known interactions with other substances.

Literature
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  1. Serkedjieva J (2000) Combined antiinfluenza virus activity of Flos verbasci infusion and amantadine derivatives. Phytother Res 14:571-574.
  2. Slagowska A et al,(1987) Inhibition of herpes simplex virus replication by Flos verbasci infusion. Pol J Pharmacol Pharm 39:55-61.
  3. https://arzneipflanzenlexikon.info/index.php?en_pflanzen=65
  4. https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-monograph/final-european-union-herbal-monograph-verbascum-thapsus-l-v-densiflorum-bertol-v-thapsiforme-schrad_en.pdf