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broom

Herbal medicine
A branched shrub which contains alkaloids (e.g., genisteine, sarothamine and sparteine), amino acids, tannin and volatile oil; it is a cardiac depressant, diuretic and laxative.
 
Toxicity
Broom causes vasoconstriction and should be avoided in pregnancy and in hypertension; it is listed by the FDA as “unsafe”.

broom

(brūm)
Herbal made from Cytisus scoparius; purported value as cathartic, diuretic, and emetic. Known to cause abortion. Poisoning possible with overdose. Not approved for any therapeutic purpose.
Synonym(s): broomtop, hogweed, Irish tops, Scotch broom.