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RECMG10718

Butcher's Broom

Scientific:Ruscus aculeatus
Other:Butcher's Broom

Indications

Cardiovascular
• chronic venous insuffiency
edema
lymphedema
• postural hypotension

Gastrointestinal
hemorrhoids

Integumentary
contusions (bruises)
• sprains

Gynecological
• Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- ankle swelling
- mastalgia

Endocrine
• diabetic retinopathy

Other
lymphatic congestion

Actions

• venotonic
antiinflammatory
• antiedema
• antiexudative
astringent
diuretic
• vasoconstrictor
• vasoprotective

Constituents

• steroidal saponins (ruscogenin and neoruscogenin)
• tannins
• flavonoids
• coumarins
• sparteine
• tyramine

Pharmacology

alpha 1 and 2 adrenoreceptors agonist

Posology

• Tincture: 0.5-1.5 ml tid
• Standardized extract (7-11 mg ruscogenins): tid

Safety

• Genrally considered safe with no serious side-effects
Pregnancy & lactation - insufficient evidence

Interactions

• calcium blockers (nifedipine and nicardipine) - decreases assocaiated edema

References

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Ruscus aculeatus (butcher's broom). Monograph. Altern Med Rev. 2001
Dec;6(6):608-12. Review.

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