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Butcher’s Broom Extract


Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) may also be known as Kneeholy, Keneeholm, Jew’s Myrtle, Sweet Broom, Box Holly and many other names. This plant is a low shrub which is native to the Mediterranean region but which is now found in many areas in Europe and in woods and wastelands. The Butcher’s Broom can thrive in any type of soil and in most temperatures even in the sun or in the shade.

The plant has prickly leaves with a single spine. It blooms greenish-white colored flowers developing into red berries and it may often be mistaken for holly. The Butcher’s Broom may reach up to a height of three feet. Almost all the parts of this plant are used for medicinal purposes but the Butcher’s Broom extract is the most popular natural remedy derived from this hardy shrub. This extract is a diuretic and is also found as an ingredient in many natural remedies for hemorrhoids.

History and Origin

The Butcher’s Broom was derived from the fact that the dried plant was used as a broom and butchers were often seen using sticks of this plant to clean their cutting blocks or chopping boards. The root of the Butcher’s Broom is used in most herbal remedies in Europe but the extract of the plant was more popular in curing edema and in the therapeutic treatment of kidney stones.

Ancient Uses

During the ancient times, the Butcher’s Broom was first used by the ancient Mediterranean people as a cure for circulatory problems such as varicose veins and hypotension. Greek historians and doctors regard the Butcher’s Broom as a Miracle herb. The Roman scholars Pliny and Dioscorides recommended Butcher’s Broom extract as being both a diuretic and as a laxative.

Modern Uses

In modern times, the Butcher’s Broom extract is used mostly for its many therapeutic properties. It is used to relieve edema; it effectively increases urine flow and facilitates removal of excess fluid out of the body. This is beneficial for preventing urinary tract infections and bladder infections as well. Fluid in tissues are also relieved with the use of the Butcher’s Broom extract. Tissue swelling after radiation treatment can also be treated by taking doses of this herbal remedy.

This herbal treatment is also known to reduce inflammation and swelling in carpal tunnel syndromes of the wrist. It is also beneficial for swollen ankles which are common for individuals that have diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and those that have also been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Butcher’s Broom extract is also effective in maintaining great circulation. This herbal remedy can treat varicose veins and improve high blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels. This herbal remedy is also found as one of the main ingredients in medicinal treatments for hemorrhoids. It reduces inflammation and swelling in hemorrhoids found both internally and externally.

Side Effects

Butcher’s Broom extract is known to cause vomiting, low blood pressure and toxicity when used in large doses. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not advised to take supplements that contain the Butcher’s Broom extract. It is important to consult your doctor if you want to use this remedy for your particular illness or ailment; always ask for your appropriate dosage and learn about any adverse effects with any medication that you are currently taking.

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