Butcher's Broom is so named because the mature branches were bundled and used as brooms by butchers to clean their cutting blocks.
- Butcher's broom,Ruscus aculeatus: Botanical Info.
- Ruscus aculeatus Overview and Plant Description.
- Phytochemical and Constituents:Butcher's broom.
- History and Lore:Butcher's broom.
- Ruscus aculeatus Part Used Medicinally.
- Medicinal Action and Uses of Butcher's broom.
- Ruscus aculeatus and Circulatory System.
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Applications and Properties:
Bladder and kidney affections, as well as in chronic dropsy.
Constipation and excess water retention.
Arthritis and rheumatism.
Skin problems and hemorrhoids.
Blood vessels, notably collagen.
Diuretic and mildly laxative.
Venous circulation and vasoconstriction effects.
Indications: Alzheimer's disease, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, circulatory disorders, edema, gangrene, gout, hemorrhoids, hypercholesterolemia, inflammation, jaundice, leg cramps, Meniere's disease, muscle injuries, painful menstruation, phlebitis, post operative thrombosis, Raynaud's syndrome, respiratory disorders, thrombosis, urinary tract obstruction, varicose veins, vertigo
Ancient physicians used the roots as a diuretic in the treatment of urinary problems. Mediterranean healers had used the rhizome for the treatment of a variety of inflammatory disorders. Butcher's Broom has been used for centuries to improve circulation and to relieve discomfort caused by constipation and water retention. Rich in flavonoids such as rutin, Butcher's Broom strengthens the capillary walls and tightens veins supporting the circulatory system. It also promotes blood flow to the brain, hands and legs. Today, Butcher's Broom is also used to alleviate inflammation brought on by carpal tunnel, arthritis, rheumatism, and varicose veins. Butcher's Broom can also be taken to enhance the health of the kidney and bladder.
Butcher's Broom contains saponin glycosides called ruscogenins. Research has shown that these ruscogenins possess vasoconstrictive and anti-inflammatory properties. These active ingredients reduce the fragility and permeability of capillaries and constrict the veins. These plant saponin glycosides are the starter compounds for important steroid compounds in the human body. Butcher's Broom has also been taken for weight loss because it contains glycolic acid, a constituent which produces diuretic action.
Dosage: Raw extract, equivalent to 7 - 11 mg total ruscogenin (determined as the sum of neoruscogenin and ruscogenin obtained after fermentation or acid hydrolysis). Mode of
Administration: Extracts and their preparations for internal use.
Typical Dosage:Encapsulated butcher's broom extracts, often combined with vitamin C or flavonoids, can be used for systemic venous insufficiency in the amount of 1,000 mg three times daily. Additionally, standardized extracts providing 50 - 100 mg of ruscogenins per day can be taken. Dried Root: 0.5-1.0 g;Extract: using 70% alcohol; 1 part root, 4 parts water, 2 parts alcohol; 0.5-1 ml 3x/day
Safety and Toxicity:
Risks: Due to its tightening effect on blood vessels, butcher's broom may worsen high blood pressure or BPH. Not enough is known about it to recommend its oral use for children or for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
- 1.Butcher's Broom is so named because the mature branches were bundled and used as brooms by butchers to clean their cutting blocks.
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