Buchu

(BAN, USAN, rINN)

💊 Chemical information

Barosma; Bucco; Buchú; Buchu Leaves; Diosma; Folia Bucco.
CAS — 68650-46-4 (buchu leaf oil).

Pharmacopoeias.

In Fr., which allows the dried leaves of Agathosma betulina (short or round buchu), A. crenulata (oval buchu), and A. serratifolia (long buchu).

💊 Profile

Buchu, the dried leaves of ‘short’ or ‘round’ buchu, Agathosma betulina (Barosma betulina) (Rutaceae), is a weak diuretic and urinary antiseptic that has been used in multi-ingredient preparations for the treatment of urinary-tract disorders. Oval or long buchu, the leaves of Agathosma crenulata (B. crenulata), has also been used. The name long buchu is also applied to A. serratifolia (B. serratifolia). The leaves of A. serratifolia are also used medicinally. Buchu leaf oil, usually from A. betulina, is occasionally promoted for use in aromatherapy, although it is rarely used in practice.

Homoeopathy.

Buchu has been used in homoeopathic medicines under the following names: Barosma crenata; Bar. cren.; Barosma serratifolia; Bar. ser.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Multi-ingredient: Arg.: Water Pill c Potasio†; Austral.: Althaea Complex; Bioglan Cranbiotic Super; Cranberry Complex; De Witts New Pills; Extralife Uri-Care; Fluid Loss†; Medinat PMT-Eze†; PMS Support†; Serenoa Complex†; Urinase†; Uva-Ursi Complex†; Canad.: Herbal Diuretic; Herbal Laxative plus Yogurt; Cz.: Epilobin; Fr.: Urophytum†; NZ: De Witts Pills†; S.Afr.: Borstol Cough Remedy; Doans Backache Pills; Docrub; Switz.: Heparfelien; Urinex; UK: Antitis; Backache; Backache Relief; De Witt’s K & B Pills; Diuretabs; HRI Water Balance; Kas-Bah; Skin Eruptions Mixture; Watershed.
Published January 26, 2019.