Buchu - Agathosma (Barosma) Betulina

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This Buchu (Agathosma betulina) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Buchu - Barosma betulina in the Rutaceae or Rue family

Part used: Leaves.

Taste/smell: Bitter, sharp, spicy. Smells like cat urine.

Tendencies: Cooling, drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of water for 25-30 minutes; or 1:3.5 dry plant liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.

Use: (a) Carminative, (b) Mild urinary tract anti-inflammatory, (c) Stimulating and tonifying diuretic, (d) Urinary antiseptic, (e) Removes uric acid, (f) Soothes the pelvic nerves.

Buchu is used for many complaints of the urinary tract including painful urination, subacute or chronic irritation of the bladder or kidneys, gravel in the urine, pelvic congestion, mucopurulent discharges, cystitis and urethritis, subacute and chronic bladder and kidney inflammations and infections, as well as irritable bladder. It is also a tonifying herb for chronic atonic conditions. Due to plant pigments, it may cause green to brown discoloration of urine.

Contraindications: Contraindicated in pregnancy and acute genitourinary tract inflammation.

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