Oats are also used for acute or chronic anxiety, excitation and
stress. Nervous exhaustion, depressive states, insomnia.R1
pp.234 menopause.R2 pp.317
No concerns regarding safety when used orally and
appropriately.69,70,71,72 Oat bran has Generally
Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in the US.73
No concerns regarding safety when used topically and
Pregnancy and Lactation: Refer to a Medical Herbalist.
Insufficient evidence to comment on the effectiveness for stress.
Mechanism of Action:
The applicable parts of oats are the seeds and straw. There is no
research done on the effects on nervous exhaustion or mood.
Orally, oats are usually very well tolerated.
Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:
Interactions with Drugs:
Interactions with Foods:
Interactions with Lab Tests:
See below for Coeliac Disease.
Interactions with Diseases or Conditions:
Celiac Disease: Oats and oat bran are generally excluded from
gluten-free diets. However, oat products that are not
contaminated with wheat, rye, or barley do not appear to cause
adverse effects in nutrition, intestinal histology, or serology
in adults with celiac disease in
Oral: Traditionally milky oat pods are also used as a tincture
Topical: No typical dosage.
Dr Clare’s Comments:
Although there is unlikely to be any problem with Wild Oat
infusion or tincture for celiac patients I don’t prescribe it
because patients feel anxious about it in the remedy. This is
traditionally used as a very nourishing herb for stamina in the
nervous system. Particularly good for exhaustion from chronic
stress especially with a poor sleeping pattern. It is suitable
for all ages.
Specific References: OATS
69. FDA Talk Paper. FDA Allows Whole Oat Foods to make
Claim on Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease. 1997. Available at:
70. American Dietetic Association Website. Available at:
www.eatright.org/adap1097.html (Accessed 16 July 1999).
71. Food and Drug Administration. Food labeling: health
claims: oats and coronary heart disease. Fed Regist
72. Foulke J. FDA Allows Whole Oat Foods To Make Health
Claim on Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease. FDA Talk Paper.
1997. Available at:
73. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,
Office of Premarket Approval, EAFUS: A food additive database.
Available at: vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/eafus.html.
74. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American
Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca
Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.
75. Storsrud S, Olsson M, Arvidsson Lenner R, et al. Adult
coeliac patients do tolerate large amounts of oats. Eur J Clin