Scientific Name: Barosma betulina (and Agathosma b.)
Common Names: Buchu
Part used: Leaf
The plant originated in a limited region of southern Africa, where it was traditionally used by the Hottentots who called it Bookoo or Buku and used it for anointing their bodies. Their distillation of Buchu leaves with wine was used for stomach, bowel, and bladder ailments
Buchu leaves contain volatile oil, gum, extractive, chlorophyll, resin, lignin, etc.
Buchu contains diosphenol: stearopten and some amount of salicylic acid.
The burned leaf is high in manganese.
The diosphenol obtained is an oxycamphor.
The leaves contain dioscampho and diosmin, lipids, terpineol, bioflavonoids, and the flavonoids: Diosmin, Quercitin, Rutin
Improves appetite, relieves nausea and gas, is a diuretic and diaphoretic.
It is principally used in chronic diseases of the urino-genital organs, as in cases of chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bladder, irritable conditions of the urethra, in urinary discharges with increased deposit of uric acid, and in incontinence connected with prostate abnormalities.
Specific Indications and Uses: Abnormally acid urine, with constant desire to urinate.
Buchu has been used to treat gout and rheumatism..