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Most frequently prescribed herbal monopreparations in Germany, listed according to active ingredient and sales.
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Active ingredientTherapeutic category Sales in million $US (retail prices)
Ginkgo bilobacirculatory preparations284
Horsechestnutvein preparations 70
Hawthorncardiac preparations40
Yeastantidiarrhetic, acne36
St. John's wortantidepressant36
Myrtle (Myrtus communis)cough remedy22
Stinging nettleurologic22
Echinaceaimmunostimulant21
Saw palmettourologic19
Milk thistleurologic18
Ivycough remedy16
Mistletoecancer treatment14
Soy beansdermatological9
Chamomiledermatological9
Comfreydermatological8.6
Kava-kavatranquilizer8
Greater Celandinegastrointestinal agent7
Bromelain (pineapple enzyme)anti-inflammatory6.8
Cineole (essential oil fraction)cold remedy6.7
Black snakeroot (Black cohosh) gynecological6

Source: Schwabe/Pfaffrath, Arzneiverordnungsreport (Drug Prescribing Report) 1995. Courtesy of Joerg Gruenwald, Ph.D., Phytopharm Consulting, Berlin. All sales are based on a conversion rate of 0.6158 DM (German Marks). All figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

ERRATA The figures shown in the above table which first appeared in HerbalGram #38, page 59, were converted from German Marks to USS incorrectly. This revised table has the correct USS figures. HerbalGram apologizes for any inaccuracies and inconvenience this error has caused.