Butcher's Broom
  Ruscus Aculeatus

History of Butcher�s Broom use in herbal medicine is a long one.  Butcher�s broom recommended as a laxative and diuretic and berries and leaves applied to facilitate the knitting of broken bones.. Alcoholic extract of the herb rhizomes (underground stems) produced vasoconstriction. In European operating rooms where Butcher�s Broom is used extensively, thrombosis is rare and unusual.  Butcher's Broom, also known as box holly or knee holly, is a fairly common, short evergreen shrub of the family Liliaceae, native throughout the Mediterranean region from the Azores to Iran.  The history of Butcher's Broom use in herbal medicine is a long one.  As early as the first first century, Dioscordides recommended butcher's broom as a laxative and diuretic.  The seventeenth-century apothecary-astrologer Nicholas Culpeper suggested that a decoction of the root be drunk and a poultice of the berries and leaves applied to facilitate the knitting of broken bones.  However, the drug never became popular in either Europe or the United States and was seldom mentioned in standard references on drugs.

Butcher's Broom was researched by the French in the 1950's and they found that an alcoholic extract of the herb rhizomes (underground stems) produced vasoconstriction (narrowing of vessels) in test animals.  The active principles of Butcher's Broom that produced the constructive effects were steroidal saponins.  Research also found that the extract has anti-inflammatory properties. 

In the United States 20-30% of the people that go on the operating table, either die in the operating room or in recovery afterwards.  The major cause is thrombosis (blood clots).  In Europe, where Butcher's Broom is used extensively, thrombosis is rare and unusual. 

Butcher's Broom is also useful for people who stand for lengthy periods of time or who are pregnant and feel a heavy feeling in the legs.  Butcher's Broom improves peripheral circulation, while also increasing circulation to the brain, legs and arms. Butcher's Broom is also a useful treatment for hemorrhoids.   

Uses:
Aneurysm, Arteriosclerosis, Blood Clots (prevention), Brain Circulation, bruises, Capillary Weakness, Dropsy, Edema (legs), Headaches, Hemorrhoids, Inflammation (general), Jaundice, Leg Cramps, Menstrual Problems, Phlebitis (vein), Stroke Prevention, Surgery, Thrombosis (blood Clotting, Gravel, Tumor (prostate), Urination (scant), Varicose Veins

Sources:
Little Herb Encyclopedia, by Jack Ritchason; N.D., Woodland Publishing Incorporated, 1995
Nutritional Herbology, by Mark Pedersen, Wendell W. Whitman Company, 1998
Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania 1987
The Ultimate Healing System, Course Manual, Copyright 1985, Don Lepore
Planetary Herbology, Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., Lotus Press, 1988

 

 

 

 

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