Butchers Broom Benefits and Information

Butchers Broom Benefits and Information

Butcher's broom (also called Jew's Myrtle, Knee Holly, Kneeholm, Pettigree, Sweet Broom) is a small-leafed bush cultivated in the Mediterranean and Europe. It is part of the lilly family, and is quite similar to your everday asparagus plant. Both the root and stem of the plant are used in herbal preparations.

Butchers broom has been used to improve circulation, relieve constipation, and to relieve water retention discomfort. It is reported that butcher's broom can tighten the circulatory system's veins and strengthen the capillary walls. It is rich in flavonoids such as rutin and enhances blood flow to the brain, legs, and hands.

The primary contituents of butcher's broom include steroidal saponins which are believed to be responsible for the herbs medicinal effects.

Typical Dosage

Ointments and suppositories including butcher's broom are typically used for hemorrhoids. 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.

Reported Side Effects

No significant side effects have been found for butcher's broom. However, nausea and queasiness may result in rare cases. Butcher's broom is not recommended for those with high blood pressure.

Supporting Literature

Bouskela E, Cyrino FZ, Marcelon G. Inhibitory effect of the Ruscus extract and of the flavonoid hesperidine methylchalcone on increased microvascular permeability induced by various agents in the hamster cheek pouch. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol 1993;22:220-230.
Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Gothenburg, Sweden: Arcanum, 1988, 117-118.