Buchu

The leaf of the Buchu plant was first used by South Africans and was introduced into the civilized world by the slaves who came to the mainland. The native Africans used this herb to treat all sorts of infection in the urinary tract. Since the last century saw quite an increase in urinary tract infections, this herb became quite popular and well sought after.

What is Buchu?

buchuBuchu is a small shrub that grows to about 2-3 feet in height. Its leaves are small and have a very distinct thyme-like aroma. The plant, being a native of the African lands, prefers bright sunshine and fertile soil.

Buchu is a very pleasant herbal medicine. It has the smell of black currants and it is antibacterial and antispasmodic. It is a diuretic, stimulant and tonic. When the local residents understood the healing properties of the leaves of this plant, they used it as a general health tonic. Herbalists also use it to treat any infections of the urinary tract including cystitis and prostates. When taken internally, it is also an effective cure for gout, colds, rheumatism and coughs.

The native Africans used to distill the leaves of Buchu with wine to prepare a Buchu brandy. This brandy was an efficient medication for all problems involving the stomach, bowels and bladder.

Bushu Treatment for Urinary Tract?

Urinary tract infections tend to be chronic. They come in cycles; one urinary tract infections is followed by another. The first attack on the tract makes it weak and makes it easier for the bacteria to cause another infection soon enough. Thus the urinary tract is made continuously vulnerable to infection. To cure the urinary tract completely, it is necessary to break the cycle of the infections. And this is exactly what Buchu does.

Patients are usually given tea made of Buchu leaves to help cure theis urinary tract. This is derived by boiling the leaves in water and simmering it for a few minutes. Every time a patient takes in a cup of Buchu tea, the bacteria-killing oils pass through the urinary tract killing microbes in its wake.

When taken in the form of hot tea, Buchu causes a sensation of spreading heat within the stomach, increases the tendency to urinate and also increases the appetite. Buchu is also effectively used to curtail gallstones, yeast infections and kidney problems. By promoting digestion, it fights bloat. It is often used in herbal medications that help lose weight because of its tendency to throw off excess water from the body. Ironically, Buchu also increases the appetite and may therefore be counter-productive if taken to lose weight. A word of caution though – Buchu will lend its black currant smell to the urine too!

Buchu Caution

Large doses of the herb may lead to problems in the stomach including nausea and heartburn. People suffering from any kinds of serious diseases of the kidney are best advised to stay away from the herb. Because not much is known about its possible side effects, pregnant women must also stay away from it.

 To affect a cure patients are usually given tea made of Buchu leaves. This is derived by boiling the leaves in water and simmering it for a few minutes. Every time a patient takes in a cup of Buchu tea, the bacteria-killing oils pass through the urinary tract killing microbes in its wake.

When taken in the form of hot tea, Buchu causes a sensation of spreading heat within the stomach, increases the tendency to urinate and also increases the appetite. Buchu is also effectively used to curtail gallstones, yeast infections and kidney problems. By promoting digestion, it fights bloat. It is often used in herbal medications that help lose weight because of its tendency to throw off excess water from the body. Ironically, Buchu also increases the appetite and may therefore be counter-productive if taken to lose weight.

The best thing about Buchu is the scent and distinct flavor it gives off. It is odoriferous and is useful to repel insects.

A word of caution though – Buchu will lend its black currant smell to the urine too!

Large doses of the herb may lead to problems in the stomach including nausea and heartburn. People suffering from any kinds of serious diseases of the kidney are best advised to stay away from the herb. Because not much is known about its possible side effects, pregnant women must also stay away from it.

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