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Boldo ( Peumus boldus) is an evergreen shrub native to South America. It grows about 6 to 20 feet high and has thick waxy leaves. Although boldo has a long history of use as a culinary spice and medicinal herb, and is still one of the most common medicinal plants used in Chile, it has only recently become the subject of scientific research.
The leaves of the boldo plant have traditionally been used as a treatment for liver and bladder disorders as well as rheumatism. They have also been used for a wide variety of other ailments, including headache, earache, congestion, menstrual pain, and syphilis. Recent research suggests boldo may protect the liver from toxins, stimulate the gallbladder, and reduce inflammation. 1
Germany's Commission E recommends 3 g of the dried leaf or its equivalent per day for digestive complaints.
- Magistretti MJ. Remarks on the pharmacological examination of plant extracts. Fitoterapia. 1980;51:67–79.