Butcher’s Broom: Pros & Cons of This Circulation Remedy

This plant is also known by a number of other names, including: box holly, pettigree, sweet broom, Jew’s myrtle and knee holly. (2)


As I mentioned, the folk uses of this plant are many. In various forms, butcher’s broom has been used as a laxative, diuretic and circulation booster. Although there are no studies yet to back many of these benefits, butcher’s broom is still recommended by many natural health practitioners to treat arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), swelling, Raynaud’s disease, gallstones, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. (3)


Of these, the majority of anecdotal reports finds butcher’s broom might be effective for swelling and hemorrhoids. (4) This is possibly due to the anti-inflammatory compounds found in butcher’s broom roots, which specifically cause contraction of veins.

But, what does the science say?