Butchers-Broom

Butchers-Broom ~ Healing Herbs

In doing my research on this particular herb I found it to be one of the more interesting ones.

Also called Jew's Myrtle, Knee Holly, Kneeholm, Pettigree, it's a small-leafed bush cultivated in the Mediterranean and Europe.

It's part of the lily family, and is quite similar to your everyday asparagus plant.

I did not know that.

Both the root and stem of the plant are used in herbal preparations.

This healing herb has been used to improve circulation, relieve constipation, and to relieve water retention discomfort.

It's been reported that Butchers Broom can tighten the circulatory system's veins and strengthen the capillary walls.

It appears to be rich in flavonoids such as rutin and enhances blood flow to the brain, legs, and hands.

Butchers-Broom has been reported to be effective in treating a variety of conditions including:

Chronic venous insufficiency

Atherosclerosis

Hemorrhoids

Varicose veins

The primary constituents of this healing herb include steroidal saponins which are believed to be responsible for the herbs medicinal effects.

European herbal doctors have used Butchers Broom for centuries to alleviate constipation and excess water retention.

Butchers Broom may ease the swelling and pain of arthritis and rheumatism, and works particularly well for people who are on their feet most of the day, such as doctors, salespeople and teachers.

It's been reported that this herb may also lessen cramps, swelling, and other symptoms associated with chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that occurs when valves in the veins that carry blood back to the heart are weak or damaged.

This insufficiency allows blood to collect in the veins, which may cause varicose veins, spider veins, sores, and even blood clots in the legs.

Though not as common in the United States, a butchers broom derivative is used in European hospitals to prevent blood clots post surgery.

Butchers-Broom has been used as a mild diuretic and laxative, though other drugs are now considered more effective.

Scientists are investigating butchers broom for the treatment of orthostatic hypotension (a drop in blood pressure after standing).

Advanced age, certain drugs, and medical conditions such as diabetes and Parkinson's disease are often associated with orthostatic hypotension.

Typical Dosage

Always remember to check and discuss with your Doctor before taking anything for what ails you.

Ointments and suppositories including Butchers Broom are typically used for hemorrhoids.

Encapsulated butchers broom extracts, often combined with vitamin-C or flavonoids, can be used in the amount of 1,000 mg three times daily.

Additionally, standardized extracts providing 50 - 100 mg. of ruscogenins per day can be taken.

Reported Side Effects

I have seen no reports suggesting significant side effects have been found for Butchers Broom.

However, mild nausea and queasiness have been reported in rare cases.

I would go on to suggest that this healing herb is not recommended for those with high blood pressure.

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