The most commonly used species of Buchu for therapeutic purposes is known as agathosma betulina formally called Barosma betulina. Buchu is a low, white or pink-flowered shrubs native to South Africa.
Overview and Mythology
Native to South Africa, the word Buchu is from the Hottentot word for the plant, bookoo. The leaves are mixed with oil and used as a perfume in Africa. Buchu is part of the cultural heritage of the San and Khoi people.
Chemicals & Nutrients
|Polyphenols:||Flavonoids: Diosmin, Quercitin, Rutin
Barosma, Camphor, Diosphenol , Isomenthone Menthol, Pulegone
Minerals and Nutrients
beta-Carotene, Calcium, Chromium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Vitamin C, Zinc.
The leaves of buchu contain 1.0-3.5% volatile oils as well as flavonoids. The urinary tract antiseptic actions of buchu are thought to be due to the volatile oils and the anti-inflammatory effects of the flavonoids. The primary volatile oil component thought to have antibacterial action is the monoterpene disophenol. However, one test tube study using buchu oil found no significant antibacterial effect.
Buchu may irritate the gastrointestinal irritation and should only be taken with meals. Pregnant or lactating women should not use it. Certain medications may interact with buchu. Refer to the drug interactions summary for a list of those medications. It is recommended you discuss the use of buchu and your current medication(s) with your doctor or pharmacist.
Antiseptic, Aromatic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive Tonic, Diuretic, Kidney Tonic, Stimulant, Tonic, Urinary Antiseptic, Uterine Stimulant.
Used in the following internal illnesses
Arthritis, Bladder Stones, Bloating, Cystitis, Edema, Flatulence, Gonorrhea, Gout, Hypertension, Incontinence, Indigestion, Kidney Inflammation, Kidney Stones, Nephritis, Prostate gland disorders, Prostatitis, Pulmonary Edema, Pyelitis, Pyelonephritis, Respiratory disorders, Urethritis, Urinary Infections. It helps incontinence associated with prostate problems. Buchu aids in the elimination of calculas debris, mucus, and uric acid from the kidneys. It soothes and strengthens the urinary system. Used to treat minor digestive disturbances. Buchu reputedly alleviates Rheumatism.
Buchu is reputedly helpful in the treatment of Kidney Stones. Buchu reputedly possesses diuretic properties that alleviate Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) Buchu is employed by many herbalists in the treatment of Cystitis (the diuretic effects of Buchu are claimed to help to flush away the Detrimental Bacteria that cause (bacterial Cystitis). Bruises, Leukorrhea, Yeast Infection
Avoid during acute urinary tract inflammation.
Avoid during pregnancy and nursing.