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German Chamomile – MATRICARIA CHAMOMILLA – Oral

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This monograph is intended to serve as a guide to industry for the preparation of Product Licence Applications (PLA) and labels for natural health product market authorization. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the medicinal ingredient.

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Date:

July 18, 2017

Proper name(s)

Matricaria chamomilla L. (Asteraceae)

Synonyms: Matricaria recutita L.; Chamomilla recutita L. Rauschert (USDA 2008)

Common name(s)

  • German Chamomile (USDA 2008; McGuffin 2000)
  • Chamomile (USDA 2008; McGuffin 2000)

Source material(s)

Flower (Mills and Bone 2005; ESCOP 2003; Blumenthal et al. 2000; WHO 1999; Bradley 1992)

Route(s) of administration

Oral (ESCOP 2003; Blumenthal et al. 2000; WHO 1999; Bradley 1992)

Dosage form(s)

This monograph is not intended to include foods or food-like dosage forms such as bars, chewing gums or beverages.

Dosage forms by age group:

  • Children 2 years: The acceptable dosage forms are limited to emulsion/suspension and solution/drops (Giacoia et al. 2008; EMEA/CHMP 2006).
  • Children 3-5 years: The acceptable dosage forms are limited to chewables, emulsion/ suspension, powders and solution/drops (Giacoia et al. 2008; EMEA/CHMP 2006).
  • Children 6-12 years, Adolescents 13-17 years, and Adults ≥ 18 years: The acceptable dosage forms include, but are not limited to capsules, chewables (e.g. gummies, tablets), liquids, powders, strips or tablets.

Uses(s) or Purpose(s)

  • Used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract (Blumenthal et al. 2000; Bradley 1992).
  • (Traditionally) used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve mild digestive disturbances (such as dyspepsia, flatulence, bloating, and belching) (Mills and Bone 2005; ESCOP 2003; Bradley 1992; Felter 1922; Ellingwood 1919; Felter and Lloyd 1898).
  • (Traditionally) used in Herbal Medicine as a calmative and/or sleep aid (Blumenthal et al. 2000; WHO 1999; Bradley 1992; Felter 1922; Ellingwood 1919; Felter and Lloyd 1898).

Dose(s)

Table 1: Dose information of Matricaria chamomilla dried flowers presented as dose per day
Subpopulation Dried flowers (g/day)
Minimum Maximum

Table 1 Footnotes

Table 1 Footnote 1

Children and adolescent doses were calculated as a proportion of the adult dose (JC 2008). The use of German chamomile in children and adolescents is supported by the following references: Schilcher 1997; Bove 1996.

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Table 1 Footnote 2

Adult dose supported by the following references: Mills and Bone 2005; ESCOP 2003; Blumenthal et al. 2000; WHO 1999; Bradley 1992.

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Table 1 Footnote 3

Includes pregnant and breastfeeding women (ESCOP 2003; WHO 1999; Bradley 1992).

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Children Table 1 Footnote1 2-4 y 0.3 4.0
Children and adolescents Table 1 Footnote1 5-9 y 0.4 6.0
Adolescents Table 1 Footnote1 10-14 y 0.8 12.0
Adolescents and adults Table 1 Footnote1 Table 1 Footnote2 Table 1 Footnote3 ≥ 15 y 1.5 24.0

See Appendix 1 for examples of dosage preparations, frequencies of use and directions for use, according to cited references. The purpose of Appendix 1 is to provide guidance to industry.

Duration(s) of use

No statement required.

Risk information

Caution(s) and warning(s):

Consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen.

Contraindication(s):

Do not use if you are allergic to plants of the Asteraceae/Compositae/Daisy family (ESCOP 2003; Brinker 2001; WHO 1999).

Known adverse reaction(s):

Hypersensitivity, such as allergy, has been known to occur in which case, discontinue use (ESCOP 2003; Bradley 1992).

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID) and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.

Specifications

  • The finished product specifications must be established in accordance with the requirements described in the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) Quality of Natural Health Products Guide.
  • The medicinal ingredient must comply with the requirements outlined in the NHPID.
  • The medicinal ingredient may comply with the specifications outlined in the pharmacopoeial monographs listed in Table 2 below.
Table 2: Monographs published in the British Pharmacopoeia (BP), European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.), and United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
Pharmacopeia Monograph
BP Matricaria Flowers
Ph. Eur. Matricaria Flower
Matricaria Liquid Extract
USP Chamomile

References cited

  • Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinkmann J, editors. 2000. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Boston (MA): Integrative Medicine Communications.
  • Bove M. 1996. An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants. New Canaan (CT): Keats Publishing, Incorporated.
  • BP 2007: British Pharmacopoeia Commission. 2007. British Pharmacopoeia 2008, Volume 1. London (GB): The Stationary Office on behalf of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
  • Bradley PR, editor. 1992. British Herbal Compendium, Volume 1. Bournemouth (GB): British Herbal Medicine Association.
  • Brinker F. Online Updates and Additions to Next link will take you to another Web site Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, 3rd edition. Sandy (OR): Eclectic Medical Publications; 2008. [Accessed 2009 June 24].
  • Brinker F. 2001. Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, 3rd edition. Sandy (OR): Eclectic Medical Publications.
  • Ellingwood F. 1919. The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy. Sandy (OR): Eclectic Medical Publications.
  • EMEA/CHMP 2006: European Medicines Agency: Pre-authorization Evaluation of Medicines for Human Use. Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use. Reflection Paper: Next link will take you to another Web siteFormulations of choice for the paediatric population. Adopted September 2006. EMEA/CHMP/PEG/194810/2005. [Accessed on 2013 June 29].
  • ESCOP 2003: European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy Scientific Committee. 2003. ESCOP Monographs: The Scientific Foundation for Herbal Medicinal Products, 2nd edition. Exeter (GB): European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy and Thieme.
  • Felter HW. 1922. The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Sandy (OR): Eclectic Medical Publications.
  • Felter HW, Lloyd JU. 1983. King’s American Dispensatory, Volume II. Sandy (OR): Eclectic Medical Publications; [Reprint of 1898 original].
  • Giacoia GP, Taylor-Zapata P, Mattison D. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Pediatric Formulation Initiative: selected reports from working groups. Clinical Therapeutics 2008; 30(11):2097-2101.
  • JC 2008: Justice Canada. 2008.Next link will take you to another Web site Food and Drug Regulations (C.01.021) [online]. Ottawa (ON): Justice Canada. [Accessed 2009 June 24].
  • McGuffin M, Kartesz JT, Leung AY, Tucker AO. 2000. Herbs of Commerce. Silver Spring (MD): American Herbal Products Association.
  • Mills S, Bone K. 2005. The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety. Amsterdam (NL): Elsevier.
  • Ph. Eur. 2008: European Pharmacopoeia Commission. 2008. European Pharmacopoeia, 6th edition, Volume 1. Strasbourg (FR): Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare of the Council of Europe (EDQM).
  • Schilcher H. 1997. Phytotherapy in Paediatrics: Handbook for Physicians and Pharmacists. Stuttgart (DE): Medpharm Scientific Publishers.
  • USDA 2008: United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). [online database]. 2008. Matricaria recutita (L.).Next link will take you to another Web site National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville (MD). [Accessed 2009 July 23].
  • USP 32: United States Pharmacopeial Convention. 2009. United States Pharmacopeia and the National Formulary (USP 32 - NF 27). Rockville (MD): The United States Pharmacopeial Convention.
  • WHO 1999: World Health Organization. 1999. WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants, Volume 1. Geneva (CH): World Health Organization.

References reviewed

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Appendix 1: Examples of dosage preparations, frequencies of use and directions for use

Dried Flower:

  • 6-12 g, per day (Mills and Bone 2005)
  • 2-8 g, 3 times per day (WHO 1999)
  • 2-4 g, 3 times per day (Bradley 1992)

Infusion:

  • 6-12 g dried flower, per day (Mills and Bone 2005)
  • 3 g dried flower heads (ESCOP 2003)
  • 3 g dried flower, 3-4 times per day (Blumenthal et al. 2000)
  • Directions for use: Pour 150 ml of boiling water on dried flower heads and steep for 5-10 minutes (ESCOP 2003).

Fluidextract:

  • 3 g dried equivalent, 3-4 times per day (1:1, 3 ml) (Blumenthal et al. 2000)
  • 1-4 g dried equivalent, 3 times per day (1:1, 45% ethanol, 1-4 ml) (WHO 1999; Bradley 1992)

Tincture:

  • 1.5-6 g dried equivalent, per day (1:2, 3-12 ml) (Mills and Bone 2005)
  • 1.8-4 g dried equivalent, per day (1:5, 9-20 ml) (Mills and Bone 2005)
  • 1.5-3 g dried equivalent, 3-4 times per day (1:2, 50% ethanol, 3-6 ml) (ESCOP 2003)
  • 3 g dried equivalent, 3-4 times per day (1:5, 15 ml) (Blumenthal et al. 2000)
  • 0.6-2 g dried equivalent, 3 times per day (1:5, 45% ethanol, 3-10 ml) (Bradley 1992)