Butcher’s Broom

By Medically reviewed by Panel Perubatan Hello Doktor


What is butcher’s broom used for?

Butcher’s broom is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

Butcher’s broom is used for:

Butcher’s broom is also used as a laxative, as a diuretic to increase urine output, to reduce swelling, and to speed the healing of fractures.

In some cultures, the roots are eaten in much the same way as asparagus.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how butcher’s broom works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that chemicals in butcher’s broom might cause the blood vessels to narrow or constrict. Butcher’s broom might improve blood circulation in the legs by preventing blood from “pooling” in the veins.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using butcher’s broom?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of butcher’s broom or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is butcher’s broom?

Butcher’s broom is possibly safe for most people when taken by mouth for up to 3 months.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking butcher’s broom if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from butcher’s broom?

Butcher’s broom may cause stomach upset and nausea.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.


What interactions may I have with butcher’s broom?

Butcher’s broom may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.

Products that may interact with butcher’s broom include:

  • Medications used for high blood pressure (Alpha-adrenergic antagonists)

Butcher’s broom might speed up the nervous system, increase blood pressure, and make the heart beat fast. By increasing blood pressure, butcher’s broom might decrease the effectiveness of some medications used for high blood pressure.

Some of these medications used for high blood pressure include doxazosin (Cardura), terazosin (Hytrin), and others.

  • Stimulant Medications (Alpha-adrenergic agonists)

Butcher’s broom might speed up the nervous system, increase blood pressure, and make the heart beat fast. Stimulant medications can also speed up the nervous system, increase blood pressure, and make the heart beat fast. Taking butcher’s broom with stimulant medications might cause too much stimulation. This might make the blood pressure go too high or the heart beat too fast.

Some of these stimulant medications include pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, others), ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, and others.



The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for butcher’s broom?

The following dose has been studied in scientific research:

By mouth

For relieving symptoms of poor circulation (chronic venous insufficiency): 150 mg of butcher’s broom root extract, combined with 150 mg of hesperidin and 100 mg of ascorbic acid twice daily.

The dose for butcher’s broom may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does butcher’s broom come in?

Butcher’s broom may be available in the following dosage forms:

  • Encapsulated butcher’s broom extract
  • Butcher’s broomliquid extract
  • Butcher’s broomroot powder

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: July 21, 2017 | Last Modified: December 4, 2019

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