Butcher’s Broom

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(ruscus aculeatus)

Butcher’s broom is a spiny, small-leafed evergreen bush native to the Mediterranean region and northwest Europe. It is a member of the lily family and is similar, in many ways, to asparagus. The roots and young stems of butcher’s broom are used medicinally.

Butcher’s broom is so named because the mature branches were bundled and used as brooms by butchers. The young shoots were sometimes eaten as food. Ancient physicians used the roots as a diuretic in the treatment of urinary problems.

What it does

Butchers broom contains saponins which anti-inflammatory action, are diuretic and act as a veinous tonic.

Potential Uses

Varicose veins Atherosclerosis Oedema in the legs

Other information

Butchers broom is most commonly used to strengthen blood vessels and is used by herbalists for piles or general poor circulation. Butchers broom appears to reduce inflammation in areas affected by venous dysfunction.


If you take MAOI anti-depressants or alpha-adrenergic blockers, consult your doctor before taking butchers broom.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with Butchers broom.

Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using butchers broom.


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