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(Agathosma Betulina, Barosma Betulina, Diosma Betulina)

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  • Buchu Description
  • Buchu Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
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  • Buchu - Agathosma Betulina Plants


    Buchu is also known as Agathosma betulina, Agathosma crenulata, Agathosma serratifolia, Barosma betulina, Barosma crenulata, Barosmae folium, Barosma serratifolia, Bookoo, Bucco, Bucka, Buccu, Bucku, Bukku, Diosma, Diosma Betulina, Diosma crenulata, Diosma serratifolia, Hartogia betulin, Oval Buchu, Parapetalifera betulina, Parapetalifera crenulata, Parapetalifera odorata, Parapetalifera serrata, Parapetalifera serratifolia, Round Buchu, Short Buch, Short Buchu, and Short-leaved Buchu.

    Buchu - Agathosma Betulina Leaf Tea

    Buchu is a woody small, green shrub native to the Cape region of South Africa and found in western South Africa. The leaves are used as a herbal medicine. Buchu leaves are collected while the plant is flowering and fruiting and are then dried and exported from Cape Town. In several reports of the late nineteenth century, buchu was described as "about the size of a hedgehog." The leaves have an incredibly pungent aroma that is similar to peppermint that increases as the leaves are dried. Buchu oil is widely used in the perfume industry, as well as a component in artificial fruit flavors, alcoholic beverages, frozen dairy desserts, candy, condiments and relishes. Buchu has many names, the plant is the same only the leaves are different. Agathosma betulina meaning the round leaves, Barosma betulina meaning the short leaves, Agathosma crenulata or Barosma crenulata meaning the oval leaves, and Barosma serratifolia or Agathosma serratifolia meaning the long leaves.

    The Hottentots tribe first used it as stimulant-tonic and stomach remedy because of its soothing effects. It has a peppermint-like flavor and was also used in brandies and wines. Buchu became an official British medicine in 1821, being listed in the British Pharmacopoeia as an effective remedy for cystitis, urethritis, nephritis and catarrh of the bladder and it was listed in the National Formulary as a urinary antiseptic and diuretic. It is thought that the active chemicals in buchu may act as an antiseptic and decrease fluid retention.

    Buchu - Agathosma Betulina Flower


    The primary action of the herb is antimicrobial. The principal active constituent of the volatile oil of this herb is camphor or diosphenol (Buchu camphor). Diosphenol is the antimicrobial component and mucilages are the soothing component. Buchu also has constituents diosmin and pugelone. Pulegone is a naturally occurring organic compound obtained from essential oils that acts as an abortifacient and powerful emmenagogue which stimulates menstrual flow. The prescription drugs Fluidex and Odrinil relieve premenstrual bloating, and both contain Buchu.

    Today, Buchu is still used in treating inflammation of the urethra, blood in the urine, bladder infections, and other chronic urinary tract disorders. It is also said to be an effective remedy for kidney stones, cystitis, and irritable bladder. This herb has also been used for treating prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland).

    It is also used to treat inflammation associated with rheumatism. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps reduce inflammation of the colon, gums, mucous membranes, sinuses, and vagina. An infusion is used for treating a yeast infection and leucorrhea (A thick, whitish discharge from the vagina).

    This herb has carminative properties and is used to relieve gas and bloating.

    Buchu oil is widely used in the perfume industry, as well as a component in artificial fruit flavors, alcoholic beverages, frozen dairy desserts, candy, condiments and relishes.

    Buchu - Barosma Betulina Leaves Buchu - Barosma Betulina Plants and Flower


    The original usage of Buchu by the natives of South Africa is somewhat unclear, as the word buchu is a general term in South Africa for aromatic plant. Some have theorized that it may have been applied topically as an insect repellant. The primary action of the herb is antimicrobial.

    Constituents: Diosphenol (the antimicrobial component), mucilages (the soothing component), diosmin, pugelone.
    Parts Used: Dried leaf and small flowers.
    Typical Preparations: Teas and tinctures. Often combined with Couchgrass, Corn Silk, Cranberry, Cleavers, Dandelion, Goldenrod, Parsley, and/or Uva Ursi. All of these herbs have been used to treat urinary and kidney problems and inflammations. Buchu is seldom found in capsule form.

    The appropriate dose of Buchu depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. If using Buchu for the treatment of a urinary tract infection, it is important to have a proper diagnosis for this ailment as this herb is completely ineffective in treating sexually transmitted diseases that can mask themselves as a urinary infection. It is best to read and follow product label directions for use, or seek the advice of your health care provider for the treatment of your specific condition.

    Buchu - Agathosma Betulina fresh leaves


    Buchu is considered to be a safe herb and there are no known toxic effects when taken in the recommended doses.

    For short term use only. Its long term use is not recommended.

    Buchu may be unsafe if used in large quantities it may cause liver damage, irritate the stomach and kidneys, increase menstrual flow, and cause abortions in pregnant women. One of the constituents of Buchu, pulegone, is also a constituent of Pennyroyal, and therefore extreme caution should be taken if pregnant or nursing. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known. Do not take Buchu if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a kidney infection, have a urinary tract inflammation, or if you are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Buchu might increase the risk of bleeding. You should consult your health care provider prior to use if you suffer from kidney or liver disorders before using this product.


  • Lithium interaction rating is moderate and caution should be used with this combination. Buchu might have an effect like a water pill or diuretic. Taking buchu might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your health care provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

  • Anticoagulant & Antiplatelet interaction is moderate. Be cautious with this combination. Buchu might slow blood clotting. Taking Buchu along with medications that also show clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Talk with your health care provider before using Buchu with these medications. Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.


  • Buchu Leaf Herbal Products



    Buchu herb is also known as Agathosma betulina, Barosma betulina, Buku, Diosma, Bucco, Bookoo, Bucku, Bucko, long Buchu (A. crenulata), and round buchu (A. betulina). It has traditionally been claimed to treat a wide variety of disorders, some of which include stomach complaints and urinary tract infections. Buchu comes from South Africa and is a small, woody plant about the size of a "hedgehog". The leaves have a pungent aroma similar to peppermint that increases as the leaves are dried. The primary action of the herb is antimicrobial. Buchu leaves act as a diuretic and antisepic, and today is used in treating inflammation of the urethra, blood in the urine, bladder infections, and other chronic urinary trat infections. Long term use is not recommended. Not to be used during pregnancy and contraindicated in kidney inflammation. If you have kidney or liver disorders, consult with your health care provider before using this herb.


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