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Butcher's Broom 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:
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins

The primary constituents are steroidal saponins, which are thought to be responsible for the herbs medicinal effects.

European herbal doctors have used it for hundreds of years to lessen constipation and excess water retention. It may reduce the swelling and pain of arthritis and rheumatism, and works well for people who are on their feet most of the day.

This herb may also lessen cramps, swelling, and other symptoms associated with chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that occurs when valves in the veins that carry blood back to the heart are weak or damaged. This insufficiency allows blood to collect in the veins, which may cause varicose veins, spider veins, sores, and even blood clots in the legs. 

Though not as common in the United States, a by-product is used in European hospitals to prevent blood clots post surgery.

It has been used as a mild diuretic and laxative, and scientists are investigating it for the treatment of orthostatic hypotension (a drop in blood pressure after standing). Advanced age, certain drugs, and medical conditions such as diabetes and Parkinson's disease are often associated with orthostatic hypotension.

Typical Dosage

Ointments and suppositories are used for hemorrhoids. Encapsulated extracts, combined with vitamin C or flavonoids, can be used for systemic venous insufficiency in the amount of 1,000 mg three times daily. 

Reported Side Effects

No significant side effects have been found. Nausea  may result in rare cases. It is not recommended for those with high blood pressure.


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