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Buchu is obtained from three species of Barosma native to South Africa. The leaves of the plant have been used for treatment of different ailments ranging from nervousness to diabetes in the USA. The British Pharmacopoeia has used this medicine for treatment of cystitis, nephritis urethritis, and catarrh of the bladder. Buchu is also described as an antiseptic and diuretic. Today Buchu remains an ingredient of over-the-counter diuretic remedies.
Earlier buchu has been applied to treat kidney and urinary tract infections, inflammation, gout, prostatitis, and as a stomach tonic. This additive (Breathe Right Strips) often used in anti snoring device. It has also been used for killing yeast and leukorrhea infections. This ingredient is still used for many urinary tract ailments, often in combination with such herbs as juniper, cornsilk, and uva-ursi. However, it is said that the activity of the plant in these uses has not been substantiated.
Documented adverse effects include uterine stimulant effects. Buchu can cause irritation of kidneys and stomach, and can show an abortive effect. It can also increase menstrual flow. It should be avoided during pregnancy. Buchu includes the hepatotoxin which can be toxic to the liver.

Buchu is a plant whose leaves are used to make medicines. It is used to kills infections in the urinary tract during such illnesses as the bladder (cystitis), prostate (prostatitis), urethra (urethritis), or kidney (pyelonephritis). Buchu is also used in sexually transmitted diseases.
Buchu seems to be safe in small amounts and when used appropriately. But it may be unsafe in large amounts or when its oil is taken. Buchu may irritate kidneys and the stomach and increase menstrual flow in women. It may also lead to liver damage, that's why people with a sick liver should avoid using Buchu.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid using buchu in large amounts. Buchu may be threating to pregnancy as it may cause a miscarriage.
Some people may use buchu for kidney infections, but health experts are against this. Avoid using buchu if you have swelling and pain in the urinary tract. As Buchu might slow blood clotting it may increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery.