Butcher’s broom contraindications

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Ruscus aculeatus


Butcher's broom drawing
Butcher’s broom drawing

Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) is a medicinal plant used in herbal medicine for the natural treatment of poor circulation, phlebitis, varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

The medicinal part used is the root, which is harvested in autumn. The fruits are attractive, round and red. The roots and fruits contain saponins: ruscogenin and neoruscogenin, with anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor effect against capillary fragility.

These components can produce unwanted effects and have certain contraindications.

Poisoning by eating fruit causes vomiting, diarrhea and convulsions. Saponins are highly irritating to the digestive system.

Contraindications of Ruscus aculeatus

Hypertension: the plant should not be used in case of hypertension.

Circulatory failure: It is a medicinal plant when there contraindicated blood circulatory failure.

Renal failure

Pregnancy and lactation

Internal use of the whole plant or any remedies with butcher’s broom are not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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