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Boldo leaves for digestive problems

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Preparations with boldo leaves have an antispasmodic effect, stimulate bile production and promote the release of gastric juice. This can alleviate various digestive problems. Read more about the healing effects and use of Boldo!

What effect does Boldo have?

The leaves of the Boldo shrub are recognized as a traditional herbal medicinal product. They are used for mild functional disorders of the liver and gallbladder, for mild digestive problems and to support the treatment of constipation.

Different alkaloids, flavonoids and two to three percent essential oil (including monoterpenes) are the healing ingredients of Boldo. The main alkaloid is the antispasmodic boldine. It stimulates bile formation and increases the production and release of gastric juice.

Anti-inflammatory, liver-protective and antioxidant effects have also been described for boldo. Antioxidant means that the medicinal plant can intercept cell-damaging aggressive oxygen compounds (“free radicals”) in the body.

How is Boldo used?

There are several ways to apply Boldo. We introduce them to you.

Boldo as a home remedy

Adults can use the crushed, dried boldo leaves to prepare a boldo tea to alleviate digestive, liver or gallbladder problems. It works like this:

Pour 150 milliliters of boiling water over about a teaspoon of finely chopped Boldo leaves. Leave the whole thing covered for ten minutes and then strain off the plant parts. You can drink such a cup of warm boldo tea two to three times a day. The daily dose is 4.5 grams of boldo leaves.

You can also combine boldo leaves with other medicinal plants when making tea to treat digestive problems. For example, combinations with anise , fennel or peppermint help with dyspepsia (pain in the upper abdomen, feeling of fullness, flatulence, heartburn, nausea , vomiting). In the case of bile dysfunction, adding celandine or artichoke leaves can be helpful.

Home remedies have their limits. If the symptoms persist over a longer period of time, do not get better or even get worse despite treatment, you should always consult a doctor.

Finished preparations with Boldo

There are various finished preparations based on the Boldo leaves, for example liquid extracts such as tinctures) as well as dry extracts as tablets and capsules. When using and dosing, please follow the information in the package leaflet or the recommendations of your doctor or pharmacist.

What side effects can Boldo cause?

Occasionally, Boldo causes allergic reactions. In addition, the skin of light-skinned people can react more sensitively to sunlight.

What you should consider when using Boldo products

If you have a blockage in the bile duct, gallstones, gallbladder infection and other bile diseases, or severe liver disease, you should definitely seek medical help.

The ingredient ascaridol found in the essential oil of boldo leaves has poisonous (toxic) properties. Therefore, only aqueous extracts or tea infusions from boldo leaves (or homeopathic preparations) should be used therapeutically – but not the pure essential oil or distillates from boldo leaves.

Due to the alkaloid content, women should not take Boldo during pregnancy. In women who are breastfeeding and young people under the age of 18, there are no adequate studies on the safety of use. Ask a doctor for advice beforehand.

How to get Boldo products

You can find dried Boldo leaves, tea and standardized finished medicinal products in your pharmacy and well-stocked drugstores. For the correct application and dosage, read the respective leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What is Boldo?

Boldo (Peumus boldus) is a shrub up to six meters tall that is native to Chile and Peru. It is also naturalized on the west coast of the USA and in mountainous Mediterranean regions. The evergreen plant bears thick, leathery, entire leaves all year round, which smell strongly and spicy.

There are small, warty bumps on the upper side of the leaves. Bell-shaped, white flowers grow in racemes and, after fertilization, develop into yellow to green edible berries.

The dried boldo leaves used for the manufacture of medicinal preparations come from Chile.

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