buchu


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bu·chu

(bū'kū),
The dried leaves of Barosma betulina, B. crenulata, or B. serratifolia (family Rutaceae), a shrub growing in South Africa; used as a carminative, diuretic, and urinary antiseptic.
Synonym(s): Hottentot tea
[Afr. autochthonous lang.]

buchu

(bo͞o′ko͞o, byo͞o′kyo͞o)
n.
Any of various southern African shrubs of the genus Agathosma, especially A. betulina and A. crenulata, whose leaves are used as a mild diuretic and also yield an aromatic oil used for flavoring.

buchu

Herbal medicine
A South African shrub, the leaves of which are used as a folk diuretic in patients with congestive heart failure and hypertension, as well as for bloating due to PMS. It is said to have antimicrobial activity and has been used for urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
 
Toxicity
Buchu-induced diuresis decreases potassium levels.

bu·chu

(bū'kū)
Herbal derived from oil in leaves of Barosma betulina; unconfirmed claims of value as antirheumatic and diuretic and in treating infection in urogenital tract; may cause spontaneous abortion.
[Afr. autochthonous lang.]

buchu (bōōˑ·chōō),

n Latin names:
Barosma betulina, Barosma serratifolia, Barosma crenulata; part used: leaves; uses: antiseptic, diuretic, common cold, upset stomachs, urinary tract infections, gout, rheumatism, yeast infections, leukorrhea; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients with liver or kidney trouble; can cause spontaneous abortion, nephritis, increased menstruation, nausea, anorexia, hepatotoxicity, and diarrhea. Also called
Agathosma, betuline, or
bucco.

buchu

dried leaves of several Barosma spp. plants; contains disophenol, diosmin. A weak diuretic and urinary antiseptic.
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People therefore gave him buchu to smell 'and he sneezes the lion out' (Bleek 1935: 2).
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The active ingredients in most OTC products are weak diuretics such as caffeine, pamabrom, and herbs such as buchu leaf and uva ursi.
When it comes to maintaining good prostate health and avoiding prostate tumors, such herbs as pygeum, saw palmetto, echinacea and buchu are helpful.
Unfermented green rooibos extract exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging properties and has been used for years to promote health; honey-bush extract is used in South Africa as a treatment for colic, coughs, allergies, sleep, sun damage and digestive disorders; devil's claw extract is used for it analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties; and buchu extract is used as a flavor component in herbal teas, while providing relief from rheumatism.