Butcher's Broom. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculaetus L.)
The butcher's broom is a shrub common in central and southern Europe, southwest Asia and northern Africa. Its leaves are very sharp.

Properties of Butcher's Broom
* It has long been used as a diuretic.
* The butcher's broom has a venotonic action by alpha-adrenergic mechanism.
* The butcher's broom is used in the treatment of hemorrhoids and tired legs because of the wealth in saponosides steroids that are vasoconstrictors, inflammatory and antiedematous.
* In addition, butcher's broom has a vitamin P activity, which improves the resistance of the capillaries.
* Because of these properties venolinfático leg is used to counteract the effects of the pill.
* Recovery post-phlebitis, haemorrhoids, capillary fragility.
* States in which requires an increase in diuresis: urinary disorders (cystitis, ureteritis urethritis, oliguria, urolithiasis), hyperuricemia, gout, hypertension, edema, overweight accompanied by fluid retention.
* Other uses: dysmenorrhoea, adnexitis.

Contraindications of Butcher's Broom
- No PLS USE dosage forms containing alcohol to children under two years or people with ethyl.
- Its use as a diuretic in the presence of hypertension, heart disease or moderate to severe renal insufficiency, should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision, with the potential danger of uncontrolled fluid intake or the possibility of occurrence of decompensation tension.


Side Effects of Butcher's Broom
Occasionally it can cause gastric intolerance, by the irritant effect of saponosides.

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

- As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.
- Toxicity: The accidental consumption of berries, especially in children, can cause vomiting, diarrhea and convulsions.

(0 = none, 1 = something toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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