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Ruscus aculeatus


Varicose veins, inflammation of the veins, varicose edema, cellulite, hemorrhoids, excessive capillary permeability ...


Composition :
100% Ruscus aculeatus rhizoma - 330 mg

Part used :
Root (harvested in fall)

Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus), also known as Knee Holly, Jew’s Myrtle and Pettygree, is a evergreen shrub and member in the Asparagus family (Asparagaceae), native to the Mediterranean, France, northern Africa and western Asia, with flat shoots known as cladodes that give the appearance of stiff, spine-tipped leaves. Small greenish flowers appear in spring, borne singly in the centre of the cladodes. The female flowers are followed by a red berry, about 1 – 1.5 cm (0.3-0.6in) in diameter. The seeds are bird-distributed, but the plant also spreads vegetatively by means of rhizomes.

The bulbous root is harvested in fall and gently dried in the shade. It contains bio-active ingredients like ruscogenin, neoruscogenin, saponins, ruscin, potassium and calcium; these substances have anti-inflammatory, vasodilatory (expanding the blood vessels), diuretic, fever reducing and styptic (coagulant) properties.

The chemical structure of this complex forms a steroidal frame similar to that of the corticosteroids found in the adrenal cortex.

The most eminent medicinal property of Butcher’s Broom is its beneficial effect on varicose veins - even more pronounced than that of Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum). Butcher’s Broom promotes a healthy vascular system, resulting in a reduction of capillary permeability and edema in general as well as hemorrhoids, in particular. Butcher’s Broom should be taken over a extended period of time, e.g. for 3 months or more.

History: In the first century (AD), the greek herbalist physician Dioscorides documented Butcher’s Broom in detail. In 2002, Butcher’s Broom was named medicinal plant of the year.


3-6 capsules daily with plenty of water. 330 mg/ capsule