Butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus), or butcher's broom, is a plant of the Ruscaceae family. It is an evergreen plant typical of the Mediterranean scrub, characterized by pungent leaves and red berries.
Pliny, in the work De Naturalis historia, speaks of it as a miraculous plant for kidney infections . Dioscorides, an ancient Greek botanist and physician, considered the butcher's broom "a plant capable of inducing urinary flow and menstrual bleeding" and useful "in the treatment of gallstones, jaundice and headache ".
Finally, in the Middle Ages, a potion of the five roots was prepared, which consisted of a decoction of parsley, fennel , celery , asparagus and butcher's broom. Even today, this recipe is used as a very powerful natural diuretic.
Butcher's broom has vasoprotective , venotonic, anti-inflammatory, astringent and diuretic properties. Its phytocomplex is rich in sterol saponins such as ruscogenin and neoruscogenin, essential oils and resins that make it particularly useful for promoting venous circulation. In particular, the ruscogenins make the walls of the vessels elastic and counteract the stagnation of liquids.
Its phlebotonic action makes it an excellent anti-edematous plant.
Precisely for these actions on venous circulation and microcirculation it helps in case of:
- Chronic venous insufficiency (pain and heaviness in the legs, night cramps, itching, swelling )
- Hemorrhoids, relieving itching and pain
- Disorders of the urinary tract helps thanks to the diuretic action
- Disorders of the retinal circulation
- Phlebitis, swelling of the limbs, edema, excess uric acids, acts as an anti-edema and diuretic. In these cases the decoction * is useful.
- Cellulite, helps to counteract the inflammatory and edematous process.
It is prepared by boiling 40-60 g of root in a liter of water for 10 minutes, keeping the lid on so as not to lose all the essential oils contained within. They take 4 to 6 cups a day.