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Buchu, Barosma betulina
Parts used: Leaves.
Constituents: Volatile oil, Flavonoids; rutin, quercitin, B vitamins, tannin and mucilage.
Actions: Diuretic, Urinary antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, Anodyne.
High blood pressure and congenital heart failure.
Buchu is described as one of the best remedies for the urinary organs, painful urinating, dysuria, bladder/urinary infection, prostatitis, dropsy, leucorrhoea.
Premenstrual Syndrome, relieves the bloating associated with PMS.
Herbal extract: 15-30mL per week, acute cystitis use 40mL.
Energetics: Warm, pungent, bitter, dry. Dosha: PK- V+.
Meridians: kidney, bladder, spleen.
Combinations: In cystitis combine with Bearberry, Yarrow or Couch grass, for dysuria with Corn Silk or Marshmallow.
Safety: Pregnancy. Do not boil Buchu leaves. Diuretics deplete body stores of potassium.