What is Butcher’s Broom good for? (Uses, Dosage, Side Effects)

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Butcher’s broom is good for circulatory diseases, because it stimulates circulation and helps the veins contract. Butcher’s broom is used on the following vascular conditions:

  • leg cramps
  • leg pain
  • varicose veins
  • chronic venous insufficiency
  • lymphedema
  • itching
  • swelling and inflammation
  • hemorrhoids
  • orthostatic hypotension

Butcher’s broom is also good for the treatment of the following health conditions:

  • constipation (laxative)
  • promotes urination (diuretic)
  • speed the healing of fractures
  • kidney stones
  • gallstones
  • hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)

On the video below, Leading Health Expert Karlene Karst from National Nutrition Professional Supplement Reviews, gives us a 3-minute professional supplement review on Butcher’s Broom highlighting some of the helpful benefits it has like supporting inflammation, decreased fluid buildup in the body and more.

Can you use Butcher’s Broom for Hemorrhoids?

Butcher’s broom root contains neoruscogenin and saponin glycoside ruscogenin, both have been found to cause veins to contract and have anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. This led to the use of Butcher’s Broom for hemorrhoids.

Patients that used butcher’s broom for hemorrhoids showed significant improvement in the following symptoms after 7 days:

  • pain
  • local signs
  • itching
  • burning
  • overall severity

Pregnant women often suffer from hemorrhoids and treatment with surgery is very difficult. Butcher’s broom caused an improvement in hemorrhoids symptoms with a high level of safety and no side effects on the baby.

The use of butcher’s broom for hemorrhoids has been approved by the following institutions:

  • The German Commission E: approved the use of butcher’s broom rhizome extract for hemorrhoids
  • European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP): approved the use solid or liquid extracts of dried butcher’s broom rhizome for hemorrhoids.
  • European Pharmacopoeia: approved the use of butcher’s broom as a traditional herbal medicinal product (THMP) for hemorrhoids.

What is the Butcher’s Broom Dosage for Hemorrhoids?

In a study, 124 patients were given Cyclo 3 Fort, which is a combination of ruscus extract, hesperidin methyl chalcone and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

The butcher’s broom dosage for hemorrhoids using Cyclo 3 Fort was: 6 capsules of Cyclo 3 Fort daily for 3 days, followed by 4 capsules daily for 4 days.

After these 7 days of treatment, the results were the following:

  • 69% of the patients rated butcher’s broom as having a good or excellent effect
  • 75% of the treating physicians rated it similarly.

Another study tested the efficacy of Fabroven, which is also a combination of ruscus extract, hesperidin methyl chalcone and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

The butcher’s broom dosage for hemorrhoids using Fabroven was:

  • 3 to 12 capsules, divided in 3 doses daily for 3 days
  • in some cases, 4 capsules divided in 2 doses thereafter.

Study Information

  • Title: Efficacy of Fabroven in acute hemorrhoidal disease treatment.
  • Length: 7 days.

Subject Information

  • Number of Subjects: 402.
  • Health condition: acute hemorrhoidal disease (grade I, II and III).

Method used

The patients were treated with 3 to 12 capsules of Fabroven, divided in three doses every 24 hours the first three days of treatment, and in some cases, four capsules divided in two doses thereafter.

The studied symptoms were:

  • painful symptoms (discomfort, sensation of heaviness, burning, pruritus, tenesmus)
  • accompanying symptoms (rectal bleeding, altered intestinal motility, abdominal pain)
  • local signs (prolapse, congestive state, inflammation)
  • over-all severity score of symptoms

Results

Data analysis showed a statistical significant decrease in all scores between zero and seven days.

The therapeutic efficacy was proven in 90% of patients and only 5% reported some adverse reaction.

The pain evaluation score showed a decrease of five points on the average:

  • Functional symptoms decreased nine points
  • Local symptoms 3.5 points
  • Accompanying symptoms decreased 1.5 points

Conclusions

The treatment with Fabroven decreases significantly the pain, functional symptoms and inflammation in hemorrhoidal crisis of patients with disease grade I, II and III.

Does Butcher Broom have Skin Benefits?

Butcher’s Broom has the following skin benefits:

  • Blood vessel contraction: fades dark circles around the eyes caused by allergies, fatigue and aging. It also reduces redness in patients with Rosacea.
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-itch: helps with acne, eczema and psoriasis.
  • Cleansing: shrinks the pores which helps oily and acne-prone skin, and makes skin look smoother.

Butcher’s broom can be applied on sensitive skin without any type of irritation.

Can you use Butcher’s Broom for Vertigo?

Butcher’s broom can be used for the relief of Vertigo caused by the following conditions, because it helps the veins to constrict:

  • Meniere’s disease: a disease of the inner ear.
  • Orthostatic hypotension: sudden low blood pressure when getting up too quickly from a sitting position.

Chronic orthostatic hypotension is more prevalent in the following groups of people:

  • Elderly
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Scrofulous growths
  • People who take autonomic nervous system medications

Can you use Butcher’s Broom in Ayurveda?

Butcher’s broom is a small evergreen shrub used in Ayurveda since the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. It’s native to Western Europe, the Mediterranean region and Iran. In India, it is also grown as an ornament. For the past 20 years, it has been a topic of scientific research in Europe.

What are the benefits of Butcher’s Broom in Ayurveda?

Butcher’s broom is used in Ayurveda to treat the following health conditions:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Jaundice
  • Varicose veins
  • Bloody Stools
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
  • Varicose Veins

What is a good Butcher’s Broom Dosage?

Studies have used the following Butcher’s Broom dosages:

  • Dried root: 1.5–3 grams daily
  • Tablets or capsules of a 4:1 concentrate: 200 mg 2–3 times daily
  • Tablets or capsules of a 10:1 to 20:1 concentrate: 37.5mg twice daily (total 75mg daily)
  • 1:2 herb-to-liquid ratio liquid extract: 3–6 ml daily
  • 1:5 herb-to-liquid ratio liquid extract: 7.5–15 ml daily
  • Topical cream extract: 64-96 mg daily

The following Butcher’s Broom dosages have been used for vascular conditions:

  • Chronic venous insufficiency (poor circulation): capsules of 150 mg butcher’s broom dried root extract (combined with 150 mg hesperidine and 100 mg ascorbic acid) 2–3 times daily, OR 7-11 mg of standardized ruscogenin.
  • Chronic phlebopathy (ulcers on the lower limbs): 16 mg extract daily.

However, there is not enough scientific evidence to provide an optimal Butcher’s Broom dosage.

Study Information

  • Title: Efficacy and safety of a Butcher’s broom preparation (Ruscus aculeatus L. extract) compared to placebo in patients suffering from chronic venous insufficiency.
  • Length: 12 weeks.

Subject Information

  • Number of Subjects: 166.
  • Gender: Female.
  • Age group: 30-89.
  • Health condition: chronic venous insufficiency.

Method used

Extracts from Butcher’s broom rhizome (Ruscus aculeatus) have been widely used in the oral treatment of lower leg edema in patients with chronic venous insufficiency.

The study was carried out according to the guidelines for testing drugs for chronic venous insufficiency.

Results

There were significant differences between the treatment groups ruscus and placebo, for the change of:

  • leg volume after 8 and 12 weeks of treatment
  • ankle and leg circumferences after 8 and 12 weeks of treatment
  • changes in subjective symptoms, heavy tired legs and sensation of tension (week 12)

For the changes in the symptoms heavy lower legs, sensation of tension, and tingling sensation a significant positive correlation with the changes in leg volume was shown. 

Overall assessment of efficacy was significantly better for ruscus extract compared to placebo. Overall tolerability for both treatments was assessed as good and very good. 

Conclusions

Considering the study duration of three months it is concluded, that ruscus extract, in the recommended daily dosage according to the German monograph, is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering from chronic venous insufficiency.

What are Butchers Broom’s Side Effects?

Butcher’s Broom has been taken for up to 3 months with no side effects.

However when Butcher’s Broom is taken in large amounts, it may cause digestive side effects such as:

  • stomach upset
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • heartburn

Butcher’s Broom might cause side effects in the following groups of people:

  • People who are taking kidney or blood pressure medication
  • Children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • People with diabetes (butcher’s broom was reported to cause diabetic ketoacidosis or high levels of ketones in the blood)

Study Information

  • Title: An unusual case of Butcher’s Broom precipitating diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Length: 5 days.

Subject Information

  • Number of Subjects: 1.
  • Gender: Female.
  • Age group: 39.
  • Health condition: diabetes.

Method used

A 39-year-old woman developed diabetic ketoacidosis 5 days after beginning therapy with Butcher’s Broom for mild ankle swelling. 

Results

Her diabetic ketoacidosis was complicated by hyperkalemia and acidosis with a pH of 7.02. After management with intravenous fluid, insulin, and calcium gluconate, her condition stabilized and she was discharged several days later 

Conclusions

This case represents a small but potentially serious public health concern in a diabetic woman taking Butcher’s Broom.

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