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Agathosma betulina health benefits

Agathosma betulina health benefits

Agathosma betulina health benefits

Buchú Agathosma betulina (Bergius) Pill Vernacular names: buchú, buco.

Botanical Description

Fragrant shrub of 1 -1.5 m in height. Small leaves, curvaceous, shortly etiolate, ovate bright yellowish green, 1 -2 cm long by 0.5 – 1 cm wide, jagged edges where numerous glands with essential oil are located. The flowers, whitish, petals-5, violet anthers; blooms during spring.

 Pharmacodynamics

The Pharmacopoeia drug is the buchu leaf. The essential oil shows spasmolytic and antimicrobial activity, although this last effect is almost marginal. In folk medicine the leaves of this plant are used as a diuretic and antiseptic of the urinary tract.

Commercial presentation

There is a tea indicated as a hepatobiliary stimulant and mild laxative, and a homeopathic formulation. Agronomic interest: this shrub, native to South Africa, grows on dry soils and mountain slopes where it is usually cultivated. It is a botanical species of warm and temperate climates. It is used as an ornamental plant. It is propagated by germination of seeds. The leaves are harvested during the flowering season. Under the name Buchú several other species are known, such as Agathosma crenulated, Barossa serratifolia.

Traditional uses

Inflammation and infection of the urinary tract, mild cystitis; rheumatic pains. The infusion is prepared with 1 tablespoon of leaves crushed by 1 litre of freshly boiled water: drink 1 cup 3 times a day.

Effects

antiseptic 1, diuretic 2, depurative3, anti-inflammatory.

Precautions

Do not exceed recommended doses. These products have the character of symptomatic auxiliaries and do not replace what the doctor indicated in the treatment of a disease. When you see your doctor, tell him or her that you are using this medicinal herb. Avoid preparation in aluminium utensils.

Other background

Its use is endorsed only by tradition.

  1. It destroys germs of the skin and mucosa’s.
  2. It promotes and increases the production of urine.
  3. Cleanses blood and other body fluids from impurities.

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