It is cultivated elsewhere as ornamental tree. It is an evergreen wide spreading small tree with minutely pubescent winged branches, leathery entire leaves, green flowers, it is native of Europe, North Africa, Western Asia. It has alkaloids buxine, para-buxine, buxidene and buxamine. Also contains sterols and toxic substances.
A homoeopathic tincture is made from the leaves and twigs of the plant. It is covered by Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of United States.
It is indicated for a “feeling” of labour-like pain with frequent urination. It is not used as diuretic because it does not increase the quantity of urine volume. Milder doses are diaphoretic and higher doses are purgative. In Indian medicine, it is used for rheumatism. Cytotoxicity used in tumour and cancer research A recent study has found that its constituents delay the progression of HIV disease in asymptomatic patients.
Recommended dose: 1x/Q, 10-20 drops.
Caution: Toxic. Use under medical supervision.
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