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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After the rains there are phenomenal wild mushrooms growing in the forests here [in Constantia], or sometimes Pete and I go to Clanwilliam to get our own wild rooibos and buchu.
Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities have been reported for buchu and antimicrobial and analgesic activities reported for Wild Wormwood.
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Economic use of fynbos species includes the wildflower trade, tourism and recreation, the supply of clean water, thatching reeds, rooibos tea, and medicinal plants such as buchu.
Plight of buchu underscores the need for international herb development.
Cindy Mott tried various treatments but none worked until she drank the water infused with Buchu.
The best way to treat a long-term problem is to drink herbal teas Couch grass, Corn silk, Uva ursi and Buchu in a blend of equal parts and reduce your susceptibility to infections over a period of months.
Herbal medicines, under the guidance of a qualified herbalist, can be very effective, particularly bearberry and buchu, which affect the pH (acidity) of the urine, making it less favourable for bacterial growth.
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