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BUTCHER'S BROOM

A Natural Treatment for Varicose Veins

Butcher’s Broom is returning to the limelight as a safe and effective treatment for weakened blood vessels and capillaries, among other things. Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) was used for centuries in meat shops to protect their wares from mice, and the leaves were used to scrub the cutting blocks clean of grease and oils.1t was also used medicinally for a wide variety of purposes, mostly related to vascular health and flushing retained fluids from the feet and hands. Dioscorides used preparations of Butcher’s Broom to also treat lymphatic swelling, jaundice, and kidney stones. Butcher’s Broom is also known as Box Holly, Sweet Broom, Knee Holly, and Pedigree, and it is a member of the Lily family. It is closely related to asparagus, and the young shoots were frequently eaten in much the same way asparagus is today. 

Current Uses

The most common use of Butcher’s Broom today is as a treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Butcher’s Broom primary mechanism as a vascular strengthener repairs the walls of blood vessels and capillaries when doses are taken internally as well as applied externally. It also acts as a gentle non-stimulant laxative and diuretic to help take pressure off of the affected areas. Germany has approved Butcher’s Broom as the primary supportive therapy for chronic venous insufficiency.