Buchu

18/Description

About

Buchu is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.

Buchu is used to disinfect the urinary tract during infections of the bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis), prostate (prostatitis), or kidney (pyelonephritis). It is also used to treat sexually transmitted diseases.

In manufacturing, the oil from buchu is used to give a fruit flavor (often black currant) to foods.

How it works

It is thought that the active chemicals in buchu may kill germs and also promote urine flow.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Urinary tract infections
Kidney infections
Sexually transmitted diseases
Other conditions

Concerns

Possibly safe

Buchu is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts and is POSSIBLY SAFE when used appropriately in medicinal amounts

Possibly unsafe

But it is POSSIBLY UNSAFE in larger amounts and when the oil is consumed. Buchu may irritate the stomach and kidneys and increase menstrual flow. It may also cause liver damage, so liver function in people who use buchu should be monitored by a healthcare provider.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don't use buchu in amounts that are larger than usual food amounts if you arepregnant. Buchu isLIKELY UNSAFEwhen taken duringpregnancy. There have been reports linking buchu to miscarriages.Are there any interactions with medications?

If you are breast-feeding, buchu is POSSIBLY SAFE in food amounts, but don't take larger amounts. Not enough is known about the safety of buchu during breast-feeding.

Bleeding disorders: Buchu might slow blood clotting and increase bleeding. In theory, buchu might make bleeding disorders worse.

Kidney infections: Even though some people use buchu for kidney infections, health experts advise against this.

Urinary tract inflammation: Don't use buchu if you have pain and swelling in the urinary tract.

Surgery: Buchu might slow blood clotting. There is some concern that it might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using buchu at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Lithium

Buchu might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking buchu might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)

Buchu might slow blood clotting. Taking buchu along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.