Peumus boldus

Boldo - Peumus boldus (in the Monimiaceae family)

Part used: Leaves.

Taste/smell: Astringent, spicy, slightly bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling, drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon in one cup of water; or 1:5 dry plant liquid extract:10-40 drops 2-4 times per day in a little water.

Use: (a) Cholagogue, (b) Choleretic, (c) Anti-inflammatory, (d) Hepatoprotective, (e) Mild diuretic, (f) Stomachic, (g) Sedative.

Boldo is used for mild crampy gastrointestinal irritation and gall stones, but not in acute cases. It contains a volatile oil and the alkaloid, boldine, which was shown to be protective in experimental colitis with rat studies.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated with obstruction of the bile duct.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.