Butcher’s broom is a shrub with bright red berries. The root has been used to increase blood flow and urination. Butcher’s broom can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract.


There aren’t any advised doses for butcher’s broom.

What Research Shows

Likely Effective

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take butcher’s broom for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period.


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A. Chronic Venous Insufficiency

A1. Vanscheidt W, Jost V, et al. Efficacy and safety of a Butcher's broom preparation (Ruscus aculeatus L. extract) compared to placebo in patients suffering from chronic venous insufficiency. Arzneimittelforschung. 2002;52(4):243-250.

A2. Guex JJ, Avril L, et al. 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):525-532.

A3. Allaert FA. Meta-analysis of the impact of the principal venoactive drugs agents on malleolar venous edema. Int Angiol. 2012 Aug;31(4):310-315.

A4. Kakkos SK, Allaert FA. Efficacy of Ruscus extract, HMC and vitamin C, constituents of Cyclo 3 fort®, on improving individual venous symptoms and edema: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trials. Int Angiol. 2017 Apr;36(2):93-106.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO CAM Review Board  Last Updated: 2/25/2020