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Peppermint leaf
Menthae piperitae folium
Pfefferminzbltter
Published November 30, 1985;
Revised March 13, 1990, and September 1, 1990
Name of Drug

Menthae piperitae folium, peppermint leaf.  

Composition of Drug

Peppermint leaves consist of the fresh or dried leaf of Mentha x piperita L.  [Fam.  Lamiaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.  

The herb contains at least 1.2 percent (v/w) essential oil.  Other ingredients are tannins characteristic of Lamiaceae.

Spastic complaints of the gastrointestinal tract as well as gall bladder and bile ducts.  

Contraindications

In case of gallstones, use only after consultation with a physician.  

Side Effects

None known.  

Interactions with Other Drugs
Dosage

Internal:

  • 3 - 6 g of leaf;
  • 5 - 15 g of tincture (according to Erg.  B.  6 );
  • equivalent preparations.  

Mode of Administration

Cut herb for infusions, extracts of peppermint leaves for internal use.  

Actions

Direct antispasmodic action on the smooth muscle of the digestive tractCholereticCarminative

Note:There is a separate monograph for peppermint oil.

Approved Herbs with Similar Side Effects
as Peppermint leaf
Approved Herbs with Similar Pharmacological Actions
as Peppermint leaf
Approved Herbs with Similar Contraindications
as Peppermint leaf
Gallstones