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Alternative Names

Bookoo, Barosmae Folium, Bucku, Buccu, Bucco, Bukku, Round Buchu, Short Buchu

Scientific Name

Agathosma Betulina

Why Do People Use Buchu?

Oral preparations of Agathosma betulina (Buchu) like buchu powder and buchu tea are used for urethritis, as a urinary tract disinfectant in cystitis, venereal diseases, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatitis, kidney infections and for acute cystitis. On manufacturing scale, buchu oil is utilized for fruit flavoring different foods.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Safe - The leaves of buchu are likely safe when they are used in an amount present in most of the food items. Agathosma betulina has been given a GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status in the United States for use in food items. Possibly Unsafe - It is likely unsafe to use when excessive quantity of buchu dried leaves are taken orally or when its oil is ingested. Pulegone, a potentially hazardous substance, is considered an important component of Buchu. Possibly Unsafe in Pregnancy and Lactation - In pregnancy, buchu is considered unsafe when used as a drug. In lactation, Agathosma betulina is quite unsafe when used in food items. So, it is advised to such ladies to avoid using buchu leaves or buchu powder because there is lack of adequate information to rate the safety of buchu and its related products during breastfeeding and pregnancy.

How Effective Is Buchu?

Regarding effectiveness of buchu there is insufficient reliable information available.

How Buchu Works?

Most effective part of buchu is its leaves. Main constituent of buchu oil is camphor, which is also known as diosphenol. It is believed that buchu constituents may be responsible for its antiseptic and diuretic effects.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Buchu?

Following oral consumption, the leaves of buchu can have negative effects on kidney and may cause irregularities of menstrual cycles. Abortifacient effects have also reported due to Buchu consumption.

How Buchu Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Antiplatelet /Anticoagulant Supplements & Herbs - The risk of bleeding may increase theoretically after concomitant use of buchu powder and antiplatelet/anticoagulant herbs and supplements. Some antiplatelet/anticoagulant herbs include Panax ginseng, angelica, ginkgo, clove, ginger, danshen and garlic.

How Buchu Interacts With Drugs?

Antiplatelet / Anticoagulant Drugs - The risk of bleeding may increase theoretically after concomitant use of buchu powder and antiplatelet/anticoagulant drugs. This interaction is of moderate nature so caution should be observed. Lithium - You’ve advised to observe caution while consuming this mixture as it may elicit side effects of moderate nature. This mixture may likely increase diuretic effects. Due to its possible diuretic effects, buchu powder may increase lithium levels in the body and lessen its excretion. In such scenario, lithium dosage should be decreased.

How Buchu Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Buchu Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Buchu Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Kidney infection - Use of Agathosma betulina is contraindicated in individuals with kidney infections. Urinary Tract Infection - Use of buchu powder is contraindicated in individuals suffering from urinary tract infections. Surgery - Antiplatelet side effects are reported due to the use of Buchu. Excess bleeding has been reported in some cases where patients took buchu powder before surgery. So, such patients are advised that they stop using Agathosma betulina two weeks prior to surgical procedures.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Buchu?

You can use it by making a tea from buchu powder or leaves. For that, steep 1 gram of dried Agathosma betulina (buchu) leaves in 150 ml for as much as 5-10 minutes and strain the liquid afterwards. Use this tea several times a day.


Buchu is potentially hepatotoxic. Therefore, liver functions should be closely monitored in individuals consuming buchu tea or buchu powder.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Buchu Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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