Butcher's broom
Ruscus aculeatus

Butcher's broom - Ruscus aculeatus (in the Liliaceae or Lily family)

Part used: Root.

Taste/smell: Soapy taste.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-3 times per day in a little water.

Use: (a) Anti-inflammatory, (b) Vasoconstrictor, (c) Antihemorrhagic.

Since butcher's broom acts upon the venous system, it is beneficial for varicosities, especially hemorrhoids. It reduces the swelling of hemorrhoidal varices and has a tonic effect on the rectal blood vessels.

The constituents, ruscogenin and neoruscogenin, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, vasoconstrictive activities and preventative and regressive effects in diabetic retinopathy.

Contraindications: Due to limited data, information is not available.

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