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August 5, 2019

Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)

Table 1. Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Common name(s) Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Part(s) Preparation

Geum urbanum

  • Avens
  • Bennet's-root
  • Blessed Herb
  • City Avens
  • Cloveroot
  • Colewort
  • Geum
  • Goldy Star
  • Herb-bennet
  • Way Bennet
  • Wild Rye
  • Wood avens

Geum urbanum

  • Herb top
  • Root


References: Proper name: USDA 2019; Common names: McGuffin et al. 2000, BHP 1983, Grieve 1971; Source materials: Williamson et al. 1988, Grieve 1971.

Route of Administration


Dosage Form(s)

This monograph excludes foods or food-like dosage forms as indicated in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Acceptable dosage forms for the age category listed in this monograph and specified route of administration are indicated in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)

The following combined use(s) or purpose(s) is/are also acceptable:

Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help reduce fever (febrifuge) and (as an astringent) to help relieve sore throats (Wichtl 2004; Williamson et al. 1988; BHP 1983; Grieve 1971).


Claims for traditional use must include the term "Herbal Medicine", "Traditional Chinese Medicine", or "Ayurveda".



Adults 18 years and older


Methods of preparation: Dry, Powder, Non-Standardized Extracts (Dry extract, Tincture, Fluid extract, Decoction, Infusion)

1 - 12 grams of dried herb top and/or root, per day (Wichtl 2004; BHP 1983; Grieve 1971).

Direction(s) for use

No statement required.

Duration(s) of Use

No statement required.

Risk Information

Caution(s) and warning(s)


No statement required.

Known adverse reaction(s)

No statement required.

Non-medicinal ingredients

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

Storage conditions

No statement required.


References Cited

References Reviewed