Lichen islandicus


This is a summary of the scientific conclusions reached by the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) on the medicinal uses of Iceland moss. The HMPC conclusions are taken into account by EU Member States when evaluating applications for the licensing of herbal medicines containing Iceland moss.

This summary is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use medicines containing Iceland moss. For practical information about using Iceland moss medicines, patients should read the package leaflet that comes with the medicine or contact their doctor or pharmacist.

Key facts

Latin name Lichen islandicus
English common name Iceland moss
Botanical name Cetraria islandica (L.) Acharius s.l.
Therapeutic area
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mouth and throat disorders
  • Cough and cold
F: Assessment finalised
Date added to the inventory
Date added to priority list
Outcome of European assessment
European Union herbal monograph


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