Elytrygia repens


wendys.cz (n.d.). Couch Grass – Elytrigia repens. Retrieved from: http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/e/elytrigia-repens=couch-grass.php


Botanical Name:  Elytrygia repens/Elymus repens/Agropyron repens

Common name: Couch grass

Family: Poaceae (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 546)

Parts used: Rhizome, root and stem (Natural Standard, 2014)


Constituents: Carbohydrates: triticin, insitol, mannitol and mucilage; Volatile oil (mainly agropyrene); and Flavonoids (inlc. tricin)



  • Diuretic
  • Demulcent
  • Antimicrobial

(Hoffmann, 2003, p. 546)


Traditional Indications:

  • Urinary Tract Infections (cystitis)
  • Urethritis
  • Prostatitis
  • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
  • Kidney stones and gravel

(Hoffmann, 2003, p. 546)

Clinical Research has demonstrated antibiotic activity of agropyrene constituent (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 546).


Preparation & Dosage:

Tincture: 1-4mL/tds (1:5 in 40%)

Decoction: 2 tsp rhizome/1 cup water/tds


Cautions & Contradictions:

  • Avoid in combination with potassium-depleting diuretics (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 546)



  • For cystitis, urethritis and prostatitis combine with Buchu, Bearbarry or Yarrow.
  • May be combined with Hydrangea for prostate problems (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 193)

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