Boldo

What other names is Boldo known by?

Boldea fragrans, Boldine, Boldoak Boldea, Boldo Folium, Boldus, Boldus Boldus, Peumus boldus, Peumus fragrans.

What is Boldo?

Boldo is a tree that grows in the Andes mountains in South America. Interestingly, fossilized boldo leaves dating from over thirteen thousand years ago have been found in Chile. These fossils have imprints of human teeth, suggesting that boldo has a long history of dietary or medicinal use.

Boldo is used for mild gastrointestinal (GI) spasms, gallstones, achy joints (rheumatism), bladder infections, liver disease, and gonorrhea. It is also to increase urine flow to rid the body of excess fluids, reduce anxiety, increase bile flow, and kill bacteria.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Gallstones.
  • Achy joints (rheumatism).
  • Bladder infections.
  • Liver disease.
  • Anxiety.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Constipation or flushing out of the bowels.
  • Mild stomach or intestinal spasms.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of boldo for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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