Buchu Information

Barosma Betulina,  Buchu

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Most Common Name:Buchu
Botanical Name:Barosma Betulina, Barosma Crenulata, Barosma Serratifolia, Agathosma Betulina
Also Known As (other names):Round Buchu, Short Buchu, Bookoo, Diosma, Diosma Betulina, Buku, Bucku, Bucco, Bugu, Long Buchu

Buchu, a five foot shrub with pale green leaves is native to the Cape Province in South Africa. Buchu herb was used, long before contact with the European settlers, as a treatment against muscle aches, kidney and urinary tract complaints and arthritis. During the nineteenth century an extract of Buchu was popularly used in America against venereal disease and urinary tract infections.

Over the years Buchu was used for almost any imaginable condition but today it is mostly used for urinary tract infections and as a diuretic.

Buchu leaves are harvested, dried and exported to Europe and America where it is widely used in proprietary medicines and as a medicinal herb.

Buchu Properties, or in treatment of:

Premenstrual SyndromeInflammationCatarrh
Urinary tract infectionsHigh blood pressureDiuretic


Buchu Constituents:

Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents.
Volatile Oil

Diosphenol: Antiseptic

Buchu CamphorFlavonoids


Buchu Contraindications, do not use if:

We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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Buchu is Administered as/Available in:

Dried leavesInfusionTincture
Solid extractsFluid extract 


What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture


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