Common names: Boldo
Parts used: Leaves
Habitat: Native to the forests of the Chilean Andes, introduced and cultivated elsewhere, particularly sunny mountainsides in the Mediterranean.
Constituents: Volatile oil (2-4%), Alkaloids including boldine, Flavonoids including catechin, Glycosides including boldoglucin, tannins, resins.
Actions: Cholagogue, Choleretic, Diuretic, Liver Stimulant, Sedative, Mild Urinary Antiseptic and Urinary Demulcent.
History: The name Boldo comes from Foḻo in the indigenous language of Mapuche people in Chile and Argentina. Boldo has a long tradition of use in South America and is featured in various national pharmacopoeas of the region.
Traditional and current uses:
• Mild dyspepsia
• Sluggish digestion
• Gall bladder and liver pain (under professional supervision)
• Urinary tract infection
• Rheumatic conditions
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