Herb – Dosage Range

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Common and Botanical Medicine Names Quick Reference Dose Chart

Herb Dosage Range
Common Name Botanical Name Dried Herb (Or Infused / Decocted) G / Dose / X Day Tincture ML / Dose / X Day
American ginseng Panax quinquefolium 3-6 g / day 3-12 mL / day
Anise seed Pimpinella anisum 1-5 g / 2-3x / day 1-3 mL / 2-3x / day
Ashwagandha Withania somnifera 3-6 g powder / day 4-10 mL / day
Astragalus Astraglaus menbranaceus 9-30 g / day 5-10 mL / day
Bacopa Bacopa moniera N / A 4-7 mL / day
Barberry Berberis vulgaris 1-2 / 3x / day 1-2 mL / 3x / day
Bayberry Myrica cerifera 1-2 / 3x / day 1-2 mL / 3x / day
Beth root Trillium erectum 0.5-2 / day 1-4 mL / day
Birch Betula spp 2-3 g / day 1-2 mL / day
Black cohosh Actaea racemosa 0.04-0.2, up to 1-3 g / day Tincture: 0.4 mL liquid extract up to 20 drops / day
Black haw Viburnum prunifolium N / A 3-10 mL / day
Bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosus 5-10 / 3x / day Liquid extract: 4-8 / 3x / day
Blood root Sanguinaria canadensis Topical use only
Blue cohosh Caulophyllum thalictroides 0.3-1 g / 3x / day’ 0.5-2.5 mL / 3x / day
Blue flag Iris versicolor 0.6-2 g / 2x / day 1-2 mL / 3x / day
Blue vervain Verbena offtcinalis 2-4 g / 1-3x / day 2-4 mL / 1-3x / day
Bugle weed Lycopus spp. N / A 1-3 / 1-2x / day
Bupleurum Bupleurum falcatum 1.5-12 g / day 3-7 mL / day
Burdock root Arctium lappa 3-18 g / day 3-5 mL / 2-3x / day
Butterbur Petasites hybridus Recommended in PA-free standardized form
Calendula Calendula offtcinalis 1-4 / 3g / day 0.3-1.2 mL / day
California poppy Eschscholtzia californica N / A 2-4 mL / 2-3x / day
Celandine (Greater) Chelidonium majus 1-2 g / 3x / day 1-2 mL / 3x / day
Centaury Centaurium erythraea 2-4 g / 3x / day 2-4 mL / 3x / day
Chamomile Matricaria recutita 2-8 g / 3x / day 1-4 mL / 3x / day
Chaste berry Vitex agnus-castus 30-40 mg / day up to 500-1000 mg daily 0.2 mL / 2-3x / day up to 3-5 mL / day
Chinese skullcap Scutellaria baicalensis N / A 4-7 mL / 1-2x / day
Cinnamon Cinnammomom spp. 0.5-1 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 0.5-1.5 mL / day 

Tincture: 2-4 mL / day

Cleavers Galium aparine N / A 4-10 mL / day
Coleus Coleus forskohlii N / A 1.5-4 mL / day
Corn silk Zea mays 4-8 g / in infusion 3x / day 5-15 mL / 3x / day
Corydalis Corydalis ambigua 5-10 g / day 5-20 mL / day
Cotton root Gossypium herbaceum N / A 2-4 mL / 2x / day
Cordyceps Cordyceps sinensis 3-15 g / day N / A
Couch grass Elymus repens 4-8 g / day in decoction 5-15 mL / 3x / day
Cramp bark Viburnum oplulus N / A 3-10 mL / day
Cranberry Vaccinium macrocarpon 300 mL cranberry juice daily for up to 6 months
Cranesbill geranium Geranium maculatum N / A 2-5 mL / day
Daminana Turnera diffusa 2-4 g / 3 2-4
Dandelion leaf Taraxacum offtcinale 4-10 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 4-10 mL / 3x / day 

Tincture: 2-5 mL / 3x / day

Fresh juice: 5-10 mL / 2x / day

Dandelion root Taraxacum offtcinale 2-8 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 2-8 mL / day 

Tincture: 5-10 mL / day

Dong qual Angelica sinensis 3-9 g / day 5-15 mL / day
Echinacea Echinacea spp. 1-3 g / 3x / day Liquid extract 0.5-1 mL / 3x / day 

Tincture: 2-5 mL / 3x / day

Eleuthero Eleutherococcus senticosus 0.6-3 g daily for up to 3 months 2-16 mL / day up to 1 month
Evening primrose Oenethera biennis Taken as a dietary supplement oil, 1500 mg / day
False unicorn Chamaelirium luteum 1-2 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 1-2 mL / 3x / day 

Tincture: 2-5 mL / 3x / day

Fennel Foeniculum vulgare 2.5 g / 2 x / day in tea 2-4 mL / 2x / day
Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum 1-6 g / 3x / day 2-4 mL / 3x / day
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium Freeze-dried: 0.05 g / 1x after meals Liquid extract; 6.25 mg / 3x / day
Dried: 5-200 g / day Tincture: 1-40 drops every 2-43 hours
Figwort Scrophularia nodosa 2-8 g / day Liquid extract; 2-8 mL / day 

Tincture 2-4 mL / day

Flax Linum ussitissimum 10-50 g seeds / day N / A
Fringe tree Chionanthus virginicus N / A 2-5 mL / day
Garlic Allium sativum 2-4 g / 3x / day 2-4 mL / 3x / day
Gentian Gentiana lutea 0.6-2 g / 3x / day 1-4 mL / 3x / day
Ginger Zingiber offtcinale 0.25-1 g / 3x / day 1.5-3 mL / 3x / day
Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba 120-240 mg extract 120-240 mg extract / day in 2-3 divided doses
Ginseng Panax ginseng 1-9 g / day day in 2-3 divided doses 3-5 g / 2-3x / day 1-6 mL / day
Golden rod Solidago canadensis  

 

2-3 mL / 2-3x / day
Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis 0.5-1 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 0.3-1 mL / 2-3x / day 

Tincture: 2-4 mL / 2-3x / day

Green tea Camellia chinensis 1-4 cups / day
Gromwell Lithospermum off. N / A 2-4 mL / day
Guggul Commiphora mukul 500-1000 g guggulipid standardized to 2.5% guggulsteones or / 2-3 day or an equivalent dose of prepared guggulsteone 25 mg 3x / day
Gymnema Gymnema sylvestre 200 mg 2-3x / day 2 mL / 2-3x / day
Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna 0.3-1 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 0.5-1 mL / 3x / day 

Tincture: 1-2 mL / 3x / day

Hops Humulus lupulus 0.5-2 g / 2-4x / day Liquid extract: 0.5-3 mL / 3x / day 

Tincture: 1-2 mL / 3x / day

Horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum 0.2-1 g / 3x / day Extracts = to 50-150 mg triterpenes (aescin) in divided doses
Hollyhock Alcea rosea N / A 1-3 mL / 2x / day
Horsetail Equisetum arvense 50-75 mg escin twice daily from standardized product; equivalent to 300 mg standardized product / day Extracts equivalent to 50-150 mg triterpenes / day
Jamaican dogwood Piscidea piscipula 1-2 g / 3x / day 2-8 mL / day
Kava kava Piper methysticum 1.5-3 = to 60-120 mg kava lactones / day Liquid extract 3-6 mL / day
Standardized preparations: 100-200 kava lactones / day; 60 mg kava lactones 2-4x / day
Lades’ mantle Alchemilla vulgaris 2-4 g / 3x / day 2-4 mL / 3x / day
Lavender Lavendula offtcinalis 1-3g / 2-3 2-4 / 1-2
Lemon balm Melissa officinalis 1.5-4.5 g / 2-3x / day 2-4 mL / 2-3x / day
Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra 1-4 g / 2x / day 0.6-2 mL / 2-3x / day
Lobelia Lobelia inflata 0.2-0.6 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 0.2-0.6 mL / 3x / Day 

Tincture: 0.6-2 mL / 3x / day

Marijuana Cannabis saliva Dose not specified
Marshmallow root Althea officinalis 2-5 g / 3x / day 2-5 mL / 3x / day
Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaris 4-6 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 1.5-6 mL / 3x / DayTincture: 3-4 mL / 3x / day
Milk thistle Silybum marianus 12-15 g / day 2-4 mL / 2-3x / day
Milky oats Avena saliva N / A 3-5 mL / 2-3x / day
Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca 2-4 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 2-4 mL / 3x / day 

Tincture: 2-6 mL / 3x / day

Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris 1-3 g / 2x / day 1-2 mL / 2x / day
Mullein leaf Verbascum thapsus 3-6 g / day 2-4 mL / 2-3x / day
Myrrh Commiphora mol mol N / A 1-2.5 mL / day
Nettle leaf Urtica dioica 2-4 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 3-4 mL / 3x / day 

Tincture: 2-6 mL / 3x / day

Fresh juice: 1-15 mL / 3x / day

Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens N / A 2-4 mL / 2x / day
Oregano Origanum vulgaris Used topically as an essential oil
Oregon grape Mahonia aquifolium 1.5-3 g / 2-3 mL / day 2.5-5 g / 2-3x / day
Osha Lomatium dissectum 1-3 g / 2x / day 1-3 mL / 2x / day
Partridge berry Mitchella repens N / A 2-4 mL / 2x / day
Passion flower Passiflora incarnata 4-8 g / day 1-4 mL / 3x / day
Peony Paeonia lactiflora 3-6 g / day 3-5 mL / 1-2x / day
Peppermint Mentha piperita 3-5 g / 1-3x / day as tea 0.5-2 mL / 1-2xday
Picrorrhiza Picrorrhiza kurrhoa N / A 2-4 mL / 2-3x / day
Poke root Phytolacca americana For topical use only
Pulsatilla Anemone pulsatilla 0.12-0.3 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 0 / 12-0.3 mL / 3x / day 

Tincture: 0.3-1 mL / 3x / day

Quaking aspen Populus tremuloides N / A 1-3 mL / 2x / day
Red clover Trifolium pratense 3-5 g / 3x / day 1-2 mL / 3x / day
Red raspberry Rubus idaeus 4-8 g / 3x / day 4-8 mL / 3x / day
Red root Ceanothus americanus N / A 2-4 mL / 1-2x / day
Rehmannia Rehamannia glutinosa 2-6 g / day 4-12 mL / day
Reishi Ganoderma lucidum 6-12g / day 10 mL / 3x / day
Rhaponticum Rhaponticum carthimoides N / A
Rhodiola Rhodiola rosea 50-500 mg / day x 2 weeks
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis 2-4 g / 3x / day Liquid extract: 2-4 mL / 3x / day
Sage Salvia officinalis 1-4 g / 3x / day Tincture: 1-4 mL / 3x / day
Saw palmetto Serenoa repens 320 mg lipophilic compounds (160 mg / 2x / day)
Schizandra Schizandra chinensis 1.5-15 g / day 3-7 g / 1-2x / day
Shatavari Asparagus racemosa N / A 4-7 mL / 1-2x / day
Shepherd’s purse Capsella bursa-pastoris 2-5 g / 3x / day 2-4 mL / 3x / day
Skullcap Scutellaria lateriflora 1-2 g / 3x / day Tincture: 1-2 mL / 3x / day
Slippery elm Ulmus rubra 2-5 g / 1-3x / day Not typically taken in these forms
St. John’s wort Hypericum perforation 2-4 g / 3x / day 2-4 mL / 3x / day
Tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia N / A Used topically as an essential oil 1.5-2.5 / day
Thuja Thuja occidentalis N / A  

 

Thyme Thymus vulgaris 1-4 g / 3x / day 2-3mL / 1-3x / day
Tienchi ginseng Panax notoginseng 2-9 g / day 4-18 mL / day
Tribulus Tribulus terrestris N / A 3-5 mL / 2x / day
Tumeric Curcuma long 750 mg 3 g / day in divided doses N / A
Usnea Usnea barbata N / A 2-4 mL / 2-3x / day
Uva ursi Arctostaphylos uva ursi Up to 12 daily in divided doses 2-4 mL / 2-4x / day
Valerian Valeriana officinalis 1-3g / 3x / day 3-5 mL / 3x / day
Wild yam Dioscorea villosa 2-4 g / day in divided doses 2-4 mL / day in 3-5 divided doses
Willow Salix spp. 1-3 g / 3x / day up = to 60-120 mg salicin / day 1-3 mL / 3x / day
Witch hazel Hamamelis virginiana 2 g / 3x / day 2-4 mL / 3x / day
Yarrow Achillea millefolium 2-5 g / 3x / day 2-4 / 3x / day
Yellow dock Rumex crispus 3-5 g / 3x / day 2-4 mL / 3x / day
Yellow sweet clover Melilotus officinalis 2-4 g / day in tea form to no greater than 3-30 mg coumarin daily
Yerba mansa Anemopsis californica N / A 3-5 mL
Zizyphus Zizyphus spinosa 5-10 g / day 5-10 mL / day

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