Another Scientifically Verified Use for Buchu: Treating Haemorrhoids

haemorrhoidsAccording to respected medical website WebMD, diosmin and hesperidin – which are among the key flavonoids in buchu – are a recognised treatment for haemorrhoids, as well as other disorders of the blood vessels.


A number of clinical studies back this up. The plant chemical diosmin is a phlebotonic, which is a class of drugs consisting of plant extracts that are clinically known to treat chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins and haemorrhoids. Often it’s taken in conjunction with hesperidin.


Diosmin is found in plants in the Ruticeae family, including citrus and buchu.


Scientific evidence: diosmin and haemorrhoids

In a 2012 study at Addenbrookes Hospital at Cambridge in the United Kingdom, phlebotonics were found to have “a statistically significant beneficial effect” in treating haemorrhoids. The authors also noted that “Numerous trials assessing the effect of phlebotonics in treating the symptoms and signs of haemorrhoidal disease suggest that there is a potential benefit.”


Of all the phlebotonics, diosmin has been singled out as one of the most effective.


The efficacy of diosmin and hesperidin in treating both venous leg ulcers and haemorrhoids was verified in a study by Egyptian pharmacologists, Azza M el-Shafae en Maher M El-Domiaty (Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis; Elsevier, 2002).


Also in 2000, an Italian study at Palermo University showed that purified diosmin was remarkably effective in treating haemorrhoids. The researchers found that within a week, diosmin has resulted in 79% less pain and 67% less bleeding among haemorrhoid sufferers. They also noted that diosmin was extremely well tolerated by patients.


According to Life Extension Magazine (May, 2012), diosmin is now a “standard pharmaceutical intervention” in Europe, for both chronic venous insufficiency and haemorrhoids.


It really works, but how?

Buchu and the diosmin it contains really do work in treating haemorrhoids. But how?


This isn’t completely clear. What scientists do know is that diosmin helps restore normal vein function. One of the ways it does this is by prolonging the vasoconstrictor effect of the chemical norepinephrine on vein walls. This promotes healthy blood flow through the veins.


Diosmin helps with lymphatic drainage, making lymphatic contractions stronger and more frequent, and reduces capillary hyperpermeability (or “leakiness”). It also treats inflammation, both preventing and reducing swelling by inhibiting leukocytes at the capillary level.


About haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in or surrounding the anus. This uncomfortable condition is thought to affect up to 40% of all people at some point in their lives. It may be accompanied by bleeding, pain and mild to severe itching.


Internal haemorrhoids occur inside the rectum. External haemorrhoids tend to cause more discomfort because they’re located outside the rectum, in the anus, which includes a dense network of nerves.


External haemorrhoids may thrombose, meaning they form blood clots. This results in the haemorrhoids turning purple or black, and is usually very painful.


It’s not known exactly what causes haemorrhoids, although abdominal pressure is one factor. Pregnancy, straining during bowel movements, obesity, on-going coughing or straining due to physical labour can all contribute to haemorrhoids.


Treating haemorrhoids at home

For serious haemorrhoids, surgery may be considered. In other cases, it’s best to treat haemorrhoids at home.


Among recommendations for doing this are to:

  • eat a diet high in fibre and drink lots of fluids
  • avoid any form of straining during bowel movements
  • avoid sitting for long periods (at minimum, take regular breaks during which you move around)
  • bathe the area gently but regularly to avoid infection
  • use over-the-counter anti-haemorrhoidal creams to reduce itching and swelling.


Buchulife productsIn addition, don’t miss out on the clinically proven benefits of the diosmin in buchu. To use buchu to treat haemorrhoids, you can take BuchuLife’s Joint Health Capsules – although marketed for joint health, the buchu oil in these capsules is a good source of diosmin.


You can also supplement your fluids by enjoying our delicious, sugar-free herbal drinks, for an extra dose of the valuable antioxidants and flavonoids in buchu.