Medicinal Value in Butcher's Broom as Health Supplement

Butcher's broom, a shrubby European plant has great medicinal value. Butcher's Broom which is also known as Jew's Myrtle, Knee Holly, Kneeholm, Pettigree and Sweet Broom, is the source of ruscogenin and related saponins which  has been widely used since the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations in herbal preparations. Ruscogenins, anthocyanins, and saponins which are found in butcher’s broom are beneficial in the treatment of urinary obstruction, edema, ascites and hemorrhoids and for removal of phlegm.

Butcher's Broom Supplements Benefits

Butcher’s broom supplementation has the following benefits.

  • It is found effective in the treatment of Edema of the legs. It helps in alleviating excess water retention in the feet and legs and ameliorates water retention discomfort.
  • Butcher's broom acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is a source of steroid like substances which help to reduce inflammation.
  • Increases blood circulation. Thus butcher's broom is beneficial in the treatment of Reynaud’s disease, buerger's disease and peripheral vascular disease which are characterized by reduced blood circulation.
  • It is used for the treatment of bronchial asthma and varicose veins.
  • Butcher's broom is a great relief for those who suffer from the pain of hemorrhoids.
  • Sparteine, a major component of butcher's broom, suppresses the proteins in snake venom and acts as a detoxifying agent.
  • Butcher’s broom is found beneficial in chronic hypotension patients, as it raises blood pressure.
  • It can be used as a topical ointment in easing off the pains and swelling associated with arthritis and rheumatism.
  • Butcher's broom can tighten the circulatory system's veins and strengthen the capillary walls.

Side Effects of Butcher's Broom Supplements

No significant side effect is reported so far. However, usually the intake of butcher's broom is not recommended during pregnancy and for those who suffer from hypertension, as sparteine, a major component of butcher’s broom may increase uterine contraction. It is reported that in rare cases, butcher’s broom supplementation may cause mild nausea and queasiness.

Butcher's Broom Supplement Dosages

The recommended dosage of butcher's broom is between 1 and 1.5 grams per day. For systemic venous insufficiency, the recommended dosage is 1,000 mg three times daily.