Butcher's Broom 200mg 100 caps by NOW Foods

Butcher's Broom

200mg, 100 capsules

Item catalog number: 04615

  • Butcher's broom is often combined with hesperidin and ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C) in treatment of chronic venous insufficiency.*, **
  • Increases blood flow**
  • Promotes circulation**
  • Strengthens blood vessels**
  • Reduces capillary fragility**
  • May relieve swollen lymph glands**
  • Used to alleviate swelling in the carpal tunnel of the wrist caused by repetitive motion**
  • Used to reduce inflammation**
  • Herbal Supplement
  • Standardized Extract
  • GMP Quality Assured
  • A Dietary Supplement
  • Vegetarian/Vegan Product
Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus) is an evergreen shrub indigenous to Mediterranean Europe and some parts of Africa. As with many herbs, it is first mentioned in the writings of the Greek physician Dioscorides and has been used extensively in traditional European medicine for centuries. Butcher's Broom has naturally occurring flavonoids and glycolic acid.
Suggested Use

As a dietary supplement, take 2 capsules 1 to 3 times daily. For chronic venous insufficiency, consider taking these other NOW products: Blood Pressure Health and Horse Chestnut Extract. FitEyes also recommends Gotu Kola and Amla for this. A typical dosage for treating inflammation consists of taking 150 to 300 milligrams two to three times a day.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 50
  Amount Per Serving %Daily Value
Butcher's Broom Extract (Ruscus aculeatus) (Root) (min. 10% Ruscogenin) 200 mg *
* Daily Value not established.

Other Ingredients

Rice flour, gelatin (capsule), magnesium stearate (vegetable source) and silica.

Not manufactured with yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.


Store in a cool, dry place after opening. Please recycle.

Caution: For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Keep out of reach of children. Do not eat freshness packet enclosed.

**DISCLAIMER: Information on this page is not intended as a substitute for advice provided by a competent health care professional. You should not use this information in diagnosing or treating a health problem. No claim or opinion expressed on this web site is intended to be, nor should be construed to be, medical advice. If you are now taking any drugs, prescribed or not, or have a medical condition, please consult a competent physician who is aware of herb/drug interactions before taking any herbal supplements. The information presented herein has not been evaluated by the FDA or the Department of Health and is not intended to diagnose, prevent or treat any disease or illness.

*One double-blind trial used a combination of butcher’s broom, the flavonoid hesperidin, and vitamin C. This was found to be better than a placebo for treating CVI.2 In a comparison study, a product combining butcher’s broom extract, the flavonoid hesperidin, and vitamin C was more effective than a synthetic flavonoid product for treating CVI.3 A double-blind study, in which Butcher's broom alone was used, has confirmed the beneficial effect of this herb.4 Clinical trials have used one capsule, containing standardized extracts providing 15 to 30 mg of ruscogenins, three times each day. The amount of butcher’s broom extract used in these trials is 150 mg two times per day. Other sources recommend standardized extracts providing 15 to 30 mg of ruscogenins, given three times each day.

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Butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus) is an herb used to treat chronic venous insufficiency. Extracted from a small evergreen shrub found in Europe and North Africa, butcher's broom is thought to help stimulate circulation.

Butcher's broom is often combined with hesperidin and ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C) in treatment of chronic venous insufficiency.

What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition in which the veins do not efficiently return blood from the legs to the heart, and is linked to problems like varicose veins, ankle swelling, and nighttime leg cramping. Chronic venous insufficiency results from partial vein blockage or blood leakage around the valves of the veins and can be treated with compression stockings, lifestyle changes (such as avoiding long periods of sitting or standing), and/or surgery.

Risk factors for chronic venous insufficiency include a history of deep vein thrombosis in the legs, obesity, and pregnancy. Symptoms include:

  • dull aching, heaviness, or cramping in legs
  • itching and tingling
  • pain that gets worse when standing
  • pain that gets better when legs are raised
  • swelling of the legs

Using Butcher's Broom for Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Although research on the use of butcher's broom in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency is fairly limited and dated, some studies suggest that taking butcher's broom may offer certain benefits to people with this condition.

For example, a 2002 study from the German journal Arzneimittel-Forschung concluded that butcher's broom is "a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering from chronic venous insufficiency." For the study, 148 people with chronic venous insufficiency took either butcher's broom or a placebo every day for 12 weeks. By the study's end, those who had received butcher's broom experienced significantly greater improvements in several symptoms (such as heaviness and tiredness in the legs and sensations of tingling and tension) compared to the placebo group. The treatment group also showed greater improvement in quality of life.

In addition, several studies have focused on the effects of taking butcher's broom in combination with hesperidin and ascorbic acid in treatment of chronic venous insufficiency. In a 2007 study published in International Angiology, for example, 124 patients with chronic venous insufficiency took a combination of butcher's broom, hesperidin, and ascorbic acid every day for eight weeks. Starting from the second week, study participants showed a significant decrease in a range of symptoms (including pain, cramps, and swelling).

Is Butcher's Broom a Safe Treatment for Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Butcher's broom may trigger mild side effects, such as upset stomach and diarrhea. Additionally, taking butcher's broom in combination with certain medications (such as blood-thinning drugs) may be harmful to your health. Therefore, it's important to seek medical advice if you're considering the use of butcher's broom supplements.

Where to Find Butcher's Broom

Available for purchase online, butcher's broom supplements are sold in many natural-food stores and in stores specializing in dietary supplements.

Should You Use Butcher's Broom for Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Although butcher's broom shows promise in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, more research needs to be conducted before it can be recommended as a treatment for this condition.

If you're considering the use of butcher's broom in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, make sure to consult your physician before starting your supplement regimen. Self-treating chronic venous insufficiency with butcher's broom and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.


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Guex JJ, Avril L, Enrici E, Enriquez E, Lis C, Taïeb C. "Quality of life improvement in Latin American patients suffering from chronic venous disorder using a combination of Ruscus aculeatus and hesperidin methyl-chalcone and ascorbic acid (quality study)." Int Angiol. 2010 Dec;29(6):525-32.

Guex JJ, Enriquez Vega DM, Avril L, Boussetta S, Taïeb C. "Assessment of quality of life in Mexican patients suffering from chronic venous disorder - impact of oral Ruscus aculeatus-hesperidin-methyl-chalcone-ascorbic acid treatment - 'QUALITY Study'." Phlebology. 2009 Aug;24(4):157-65.

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