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Agathosma betulina formally called Barosma betulina.
Barosma crenulata (also known as Agathosma crenulata (Ovate Buchu)
Barosma serratifolia (Long Buchu)


buchu for the kidneys

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Botanical Names: 
The most commonly used species of Buchu for therapeutic purposes is  known as Agathosma betulina formally called Barosma betulina.
Barosma crenulata (also known as Agathosma crenulata (Ovate Buchu)
Barosma serratifolia (Long Buchu)

RUTACEAE All species of Buchu belong to the Rue (Rutaceae) family - the same family as Citrus Fruits.

Other Names 
(Afrikaans), Boochoo,  Bookoo,  Bucku, Bucco, Diosma, iBuchu (Xhosa),
Short Buchu,

Parts Used 
Dried Leaves

Buchu is a low, white or pink-flowered shrubs native to South Africa..  This species is sometimes confused with Agathosma crenulata  but in the latter the leaves are more than twice as long as they are broad.

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: 

Bioflavonoids:                        Hesperidin

Limonene        Terpenes: Terpineol

{ Flavonoids} Diosmin, Quercitin, Rutin                              

Volatile Oils:
Barosma, Camphor, Diosphenol , isomenthone Menthol, Pulegone [compound considered to be toxic-found in crenulata]  


Minerals and Nutrients.,

Aluminum, beta-Carotene,Calcium, Chromium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Vitamin C, Zinc.  

[Partly responsible for the characteristic blackcurrant smell and flavour of buchu oil.]

Essential oils are generally used because of their antiseptic and diuretic properties.

Buchu has a restricted natural distribution area in the mountains of the Western Cape.

Dosage Recommendations
Tinctures or infusions are used. A cup of boiling water is poured on 1 g of the drug and allowed to stand for 10 minutes before straining. The infusion is taken three times a day.
The use of 750 - 900 mg of Buchu per day when used to stabilize blood sugar levels or to enhance the effects of insulin.

Medicinal Actions
Antiseptic, Aromatic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive Tonic, Diuretic, Kidney Tonic, Stimulant, Tonic, Urinary Antiseptic, Uterine Stimulant.

Cold, Infusion, Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
The leaves were steeped in brandy and the tincture (commonly known as Buchu brandy or
boegoebrandewyn) was an everyday remedy for stomach problems

Used in the following internal illnesses
Arthritis, Bed wetting, 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.

Health Benefits of Buchu

Digestive system
Used to treat minor digestive disturbances.

Excretory System
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). 

Buchu helps to normalize Blood Sugar levels (primarily it helps to prevent rapid falls in Blood Sugar levels (Hypoglycemia)) 

Musculoskeletal System
Buchu reputedly alleviates Rheumatism

External Medicinal Use
Bruises, Leukorrhea, Yeast Infection

Topical Applications: Poultice for bruises. 
Douche for leucorrhoea and yeast infections.
Leaves mixed with oil as a perfume in Africa.

Buchu vinegar (
boegoe-asyn) was highly regarded for the washing and cleaning of wounds.

Bitter, Pungent, Warm, Dry

Contra indications and side effect
Avoid during acute urinary tract inflammation.

Use During Pregnancy And Lactation.
Avoid during pregnancy and nursing.

Interactions with Other Drugs.
None known.

Doctrine of signatures
Conspicuous oil glands are present along the margins and lower surfaces of the leaves.

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