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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”.
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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.
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Regardless of whether the broomed or the nonbroomed branch was larger, family richness was greater in the larger of the pair, a pattern from which only one pair deviated.
Our results indicated a broomed branch would be predicted to have significantly more individuals than would a nonbroomed branch.
The branch-pairing design of this study may limit interpretations of our data because trees that have brooms may have different characteristics than those of nonbroomed trees, movements of insects within trees may minimize differences observed between broomed and nonbroomed branches, and the mistletoe shoots can occur on either nonbroomed or broomed branches (Tinnin and Knutson, 1985), thus differences in species that are specialists of the actual mistletoe would not be detected.