Butcher's Broom (Herb/Suppl)

Brand and Other Names:jews myrtle, knee holly, more...pettigree, ruscus aculeatus, sweet broom, thorny fragon
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Suggested Dosing

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

7-11 mg of standardized ruscogenin, OR

150 mg root extract (combined with 150 mg hesperidine and 100 mg ascorbid acid) PO BID

Chronic Phlebopathy

16 mg PO qDay

Reduction of post-surgical thrombosis (blood clots)

Tea (See Mfr's Info for dosage)

Topical

Cream Extract: 64-96 mg qDay

Suppositories

See Mfr's Info

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Suggested Uses

Used as a laxative, diuretic, treatment for circulatory disease, & cytotoxic agent

May reduce incidence of post-surgical blood clots

Constipation, circulatory d/o, hemorrhoids, inflammation, leg cramps, lymphedema, promotes urination, varicose veins

Menstrual support & problems assoc with use of estrogen & pregnancy related cramps.

Anti-inflammatory agent, prevention of atherosclerosis

Arthritis & rheumatism

Topical treatment: venous disease & venous insufficiency (eg. varicose veins, leg edema, phlebitis & hemorrhoids)

German Commission E: approved oral use for supportive therapy for discomforts of chronic venous insufficiency & hemorrhoids

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                  • alfuzosin

                    alfuzosin, butcher's broom. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

                  • asenapine

                    asenapine, butcher's broom. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

                  • doxazosin

                    doxazosin, butcher's broom. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

                  • moxisylyte

                    moxisylyte, butcher's broom. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

                  • phenoxybenzamine

                    phenoxybenzamine, butcher's broom. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

                  • phentolamine

                    phentolamine, butcher's broom. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

                  • prazosin

                    prazosin, butcher's broom. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

                  • silodosin

                    silodosin, butcher's broom. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

                  • terazosin

                    terazosin, butcher's broom. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

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                  Adverse Effects

                  Diarrhea

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                  Warnings

                  Contraindications

                  None reported

                  Cautions

                  MAOI's: avoid concurrent use of butcher's broom with phenylzine & tranylcypromine

                  Anticoagulants/ antiplatelets: may inhibit platelet activity; contains coumarin, potentiates anticoagulant response

                  Patients with hypertension: may increase blood pressure

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                  Pregnancy & Lactation

                  Pregnancy Category: avoid use

                  Lactation: avoid use

                  Pregnancy Categories

                  A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

                  B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

                  C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

                  D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

                  X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

                  NA: Information not available.

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                  Pharmacology

                  Metabolism: N/A

                  Excretion: N/A

                  Mechanism of Action

                  Steroidal saponins may be responsible for stimulating post junctional alpha adrenergic receptors in smooth muscle cells of the vascular wall & producing vasoconstriction, therefore having use in treatment of circulatory diseases

                  May also have anti-inflammatory effects & increase lymphatic flow

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