Benefits of Buchu

A small evergreen shrub, buchu is a native of the Cape of Good Hope. Called buchu in the language of the Hottentots by whom the leaves are highly esteemed for their odor and rubbed in the state of powder upon their greasy bodies. They have long used them in a variety of diseases. In fact, buchu is considered such a valuable plant that pedestrians are forbidden to pick it.

The odor is strong, diffusive, and somewhat aromatic; the taste bitterish and closely resembling mint. Water and alcohol extracts the virtues, which probably depends on the volatile oil contained in the leaves.

Buchu LEAVES are chiefly taken in complaints of the urinary organs, such as gravel, chronic catarrh of the bladder, morbid irritation of the bladder and urethra, disease of the prostate, the retention or incontinence of urine from a loss of tone in these parts, and has also been recommended in cutaneous affections.

A somewhat strong infusion taken cold is best to increase the flow of urine, while a warm infusion is gently diaphoretic and soothes the nerves. It will give valuable results in catarrh of the bladder, cystic catarrh, in congestion of the prostate with discharges and aching of the penis, in spermatorrhea, dropsy, and lingering leucorrhea.

In congestion of any of the pelvic organs, gleet, and mucous discharges in the urine, buchu will give good service.

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Buchu readily eliminates the urates and relieves the system of uric acid through the urine. It has a very valuable influence in both acute and chronic rheumatism.

A good and somewhat stimulating diruetic is made as follows: Infuse in 3/2 pts. boihng water 1 oz. buchu and 3/4 oz. each juniper berries, cubebs, and uva ursi. Cover till cold, then strain and take 3 or 4 T. 3 times daily.

It will also exert quite an influence on the mucous membrane of the stomach. Is soothing to pelvic nerves and is used in an aching back and hips. In these conditions, it is useful to combine it with squaw vine (mitchella) or unicorn root. They will then assist in toning the generative organs.

If desired as a tonic, the leaves can be infused in brandy.

The infusion is a very acceptable remedy for aged people with urinary weakness.

For favorable results in leucorrhea, add an excess of Solomon s-seal. For a mildly stimulating nervine or diuretic add 4 parts tulip tree to I part buchu; for a relaxing nervine diuretic add 6 parts lady’s slipper to 1 part buchu; and for an antispasmodic diuretic, add 5 parts blue cohosh to 1 part buchu.

From 20 to 30 gr. of the powder may be taken 2 or 3 times daily. The infusion is made by infusing 1 oz. leaves to 1 pt. boiling water which may be taken in doses of 1 or 2 fl. oz. The Fl. X may be used in doses of M to 1 dr. A tincture has also been used as a stimulant embrocation in local pains.

In purchasing, specify the short leaves, as they are considered superior to the long.

Buchu is best if NOT boiled.

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