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Butcher’s broom for venous insufficiency & hemorrhoids

by Josephine Andrews
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Butcher ‘s broom relieves the symptoms caused by venous insufficiency or hemorrhoids. The plant has a vascular protective and anti-inflammatory effect. Read more about the effects and the correct use of Rucus Broom!

What effect does butcher’s broom have?

Butcher’s broom rootstock contains steroidal saponins (ruscogenins such as ruscoside and ruscin), phytosterols and triterpenes, and a small amount of essential oil. Together, these ingredients increase the elasticity of the vessels and seal the delicate walls of the smallest vessels (capillaries).

In addition, butcher’s broom has an anti-inflammatory effect, is slightly diuretic and protects against water retention (oedema-protective). The medicinal plant is therefore recognized as a traditional herbal medicine for the accompanying (adjuvant) treatment of:

  • Chronic venous insufficiency (chronic venous insufficiency, CVI) with pain and a feeling of heaviness in the legs, nightly calf cramps, itching and swelling due to water accumulation in the tissue
  • Hemorrhoid symptoms such as itching and burning in the anus

Butcher’s broom is also used in folk medicine as a diuretic and diaphoretic, for example for kidney pain and bladder stones. However, the effectiveness of the plant in these cases has not been scientifically proven.

How is butcher’s broom used?

It is recommended to take butcher’s broom root in the form of standardized finished medicinal products: they ensure the right dose of effective ingredients – in contrast to a tea preparation.

The dry extract obtained from the root is used to manufacture the finished preparations such as capsules or tablets. You can find out how to use the preparations correctly from the respective package leaflet or from your doctor or pharmacist.

What side effects can butcher’s broom cause?

Occasionally, stomach pain, nausea or diarrhea occur after taking butcher’s broom preparations.

What you should consider when using butcher’s broom

  • You must use Rucus Broom preparations for several months for the treatment to be successful. To avoid vein problems in the warm summer months, you should start taking it in the spring.
  • If treatment causes diarrhea, stop taking the drug.
  • You should not use butcher’s broom if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Talk to your doctor if you take kidney or blood pressure medication. There may be interactions.
  • The saponins found in Rucus Broom may reduce the absorption of minerals such as zinc and iron.

How to get Rucus Broom products

You can get ruscus preparations such as tablets, capsules and drops in your pharmacy and drugstore. Before use, please read the respective package leaflet or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What is Butcher’s Broom?

Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) belongs to the asparagus family (Asparagaceae). The evergreen shrub grows in dry locations in the Mediterranean region and from North Africa to the Near East.

Leaves appear to be growing from the richly branched stems. However, these triangular to lanceolate, leathery, hard and up to 2.5 centimeters long outgrowths are leaf-like widened side shoots of the stem (phylloclades). Nevertheless, they take over the tasks of leaves by producing the vital substances via photosynthesis.

The actual leaves of the butcher’s broom are inconspicuous scales and fall off early. Small white flowers bloom about in the middle of the false leaves, which ripen into red berries in autumn. Butcher’s broom looks very decorative and is often used for flower arrangements.

Both the German name and the scientific name (Latin: aculeus = thorn) can be attributed to the stinging false leaves, which end in a sharp thorn. In ancient times, food was sometimes stored in baskets woven from butcher’s broom twigs. The prickly “leaves” were said to keep mice, bats, and rats away. This is what the name butcher ‘s broom refers to .


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