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is also called Jew's Myrtle, Knee Holly, and Sweet Broom, and is a
small shrub grown in the Mediterranean and Europe. It is part of the lilly family, and is
similar to the common asparagus plant. Both the root and stem of the plant are used in herbal
preparations and treatments.|
It has been used to improve circulation, relieve constipation, and to relieve water retention discomfort. It is reported that it 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.
It has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions including:
The primary constituents are steroidal saponins, which are thought to be responsible for the herbs medicinal effects.
Though not as common in the United States, a by-product is used in European hospitals to prevent blood clots post surgery.
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