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.]
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[not equal to]Kagara rubbed himself and his sister with sa, aromatic healing herbs widely known in Southern Africa by the Khoekhoe word buchu. The informant's fourfold repetition of the word sa may suggest that much buchu was used.
"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. We even tried a hunting trip once, but all I shot was a brick." Luckily he's much better with a knife.
Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities have been reported for buchu and antimicrobial and analgesic activities reported for Wild Wormwood.
Other ranges also feature, including cool buchu, active cassia and bracing silverbirch, as well as gift sets such as men's stowaway 2011 and men's traveller 2011.
Buchu (Barmosa betulina) - In South Africa, Buchu is used as a general tonic and medicine, specifically for stomach problems, rheumatism and bladder problems.
Low, 'Different histories of buchu: Euro-American appropriations of San and Khoekhoe knowledge of buchu plants', Environment and History, 13(3) (2007): 333-61.
THE INHIBITORY EFFECTS OF BUCHU LEAF AND GREEN TEAN ON ENTEROCOCCU AND VRE 22.
Buchu Compound contains a blend of herbs that are soothing to the urinary tract.
Anticoagulant Herbs and Supplements Alfalfa Allspice Angelica Bilberry Blackhaw Bogbean Boldo Buchu Cat's claw Chamomile Chondroitin Co-enzyme Q10 Evening primrose Fenugreek Feverfew Flax Garlic Ginkgo Ginseng Glucosamine Guggul Horse chestnut Poplar White willow * Box 8.
Cunha, Silva e Roque (2003) citam algumas ervas para tratar a obesidade: diureticas (buchu, cavalinha, cha-de-java, galega, milho e salsaparilha); estimulantes da tireoide (bodelha, clorela, espirulina e laminaria); laxativas (konjac e tamarindo-domalabar); moderadoras do apetite (alteia, guar, konjac, tachagens e ispagula); sedativas (melissa, passiflora, tilia e valeriana).
Helmbold's Genuine Fluid Extract, based on extracts of the South African Buchu shrub, treated everything from 'imbecility' to 'confused ideas' and epilepsy, and could remedy 'excesses in married life, early indiscretion or self abuse'.
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