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Butcher's Broom Side Effects

author image Rae Uddin
Rae Uddin has worked as a freelance writer and editor since 2004. She specializes in scientific journalism and medical and technical writing. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Uddin earned her Master of Science in integrated biomedical sciences with an emphasis in molecular and cellular biochemistry from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Butcher's Broom Side Effects
Ruscus aculeatus plant. Photo Credit: Mert Sener/iStock/Getty Images

Butcher's broom is an herbal supplement derived from the root of the Ruscus aculeatus plant. This supplement, which is also called box holly, rusco and sweet broom, may be administered orally or applied topically to the skin. Using butcher's broom may be helpful if you have varicose veins, hemorrhoids or circulatory problems. Be sure to discuss the side effects of butcher's broom with your medical provider before beginning treatment with this supplement.

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No Adverse Effects

The use of butcher's broom is generally not associated with adverse side effects. Seek care from your physician if you develop any unusual health issues while receiving treatment with this supplement.

Stomach Discomfort

Stomach irritation may occur as a side effect following oral treatment with butcher's broom. Consequently, you may develop nausea or a diminished appetite while taking this supplement. If stomach discomfort does not subside, talk with your doctor for further guidance and care.

Loose Bowel Movements

Intestinal irritation caused by taking this supplement may induce frequent, loose bowel movements -- also called diarrhea. If you develop diarrhea, you may also experience nausea, appetite loss or abdominal fullness or cramping. Recurrent episodes of diarrhea may increase your risk of becoming dehydrated. Contact your medical provider if you experience loose bowel movements for longer than a couple of days.

Pregnancy Problems

Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use butcher's broom unless otherwise directed by a doctor. As of 2014, the safety and efficacy of this supplement in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding have not been clinically established. If used improperly, butcher's broom may have negative health effects on the developing fetus or infant.

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