Buchu

Buchu

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:

Agathosma betulina

Introduction

Buchu is a shrub that grows in southern Africa that has been used to treat digestive and urinary problems. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. It can also be made into a tea.

Dosages

There aren’t any advised doses for buchu.

What Research Shows

There is not enough data to support that buchu is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.

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Safety Notes

It may be safe to take buchu for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:

  • People taking anticoagulants, clot busters, or antiplatelets should talk to their doctors before taking buchu. It may increase the risk of bleeding.

References

1. Agathosma betulina (Bergius) Pill. National Resources Conservation Service—United States Department of Agriculture website. Available at: https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=AGBE2. Accessed February 27, 2020.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
Last Updated: 2/25/2020

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