Butchers Broom

Butchers Broom

Butchers Broom Root
Also known as- Ruscus aculeatus, Box Holly, Jew's Myrtle, Kneeholm, Knee Holly, Pettigree, Sweet Broom, Rusci Aculeati, Rusci Aculeati Rhizoma.


Butcher's is a low, shrubby, evergreen plant of the lily family. At one time its stems were used to protect curing meats from rodents and to make brooms for butcherÍs stalls. The root is used in herbal medicine.


Ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, chromium, chrysophanic acid, magnesium, manganese, niacin, riboflavin, ruscogenin, rutin, selenium, tin, zinc.

Parts Used

The washed and dried root, chopped.

Typical Preparations

Tea or extract. To make a tea from chopped root, place 1 teaspoon of the herb in a cup of boiling water and allow to steep in a closed teapot for 10 minutes. The teapot should not be heated. Strain before drinking.


A mild diuretic, butcherÍs broom was approved by the authoritative German Commission E as a supportive therapy for chronic venous insufficiency, a condition causing pain, swelling, and fatigue in the calves. Chronic venous insufficiency is related to varicose veins. The Commission also recommended butchers broom for treatment of hemorrhoids. At least one clinical trial found that butchers broom may relieve lymphedema (arm swelling) following treatment for breast cancer.


Maximum safe doses for young children, pregnant or nursing women, and persons with liver or kidney disease have not been established.


This herb is sold by the ounce

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