Boldo is an evergreen shrub that grows in the Andes and in parts of Morocco. It is also cultivated for commercial purposes in Italy, Brazil and North Africa.
The South American people in Chile and Peru have used the herb for hundreds of years to cure gonorrhea, liver ailments and gallstones. Archaeological evidence suggests that it has been in use as a medicine for over ten thousand years.
Boldo is considered effective as a liver tonic, where it stimulates the liver and it may combat abnormal liver poblems. It also stimulates the production of bile and may also be valuable for gall bladder ailments, jaundice, hepatitis, gallstones and chronic hepatic torpor.
Boldo Complex is thought to be mildly sedative and has some painkilling properties. It has anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antibiotic and antiseptic properties and may be helpful in cases of gout, rheumatism and arthritis. It is also believed to have mild sedative and pain relieving qualities.
Boldo dietary supplements offer stimulation and support for the genitourinary tract and its mild antiseptic properties may be helpful with genito-urinary infections such as cystitis.
Boldo also may be good for gastrointestinal and digestive problems, where it may help with secreting gastric juices, to ease dyspepsia, indigestion, stomach spasms, and flatulence. It contains a volatile oil that kills gastrointestinal parasites such as worms, and acts as a laxative.
Boldo is normally taken in supplement form and it is often an added ingredient in weight loss formulas due in part, to its action on the digestive system and the liver.
The following are health benefits attributed to Boldo:
- helping to relieve urinary tract and bladder infections
- cleansing the liver
- alleviating heartburn
- relieving discomfort in the gallbladder
- easing mild stomach cramps
- combating worm infections
- easing symptoms of cystitis
- relaxing the smooth muscles of the intestine
- invigorating the nervous system
- relieving constipation
- encouraging weight loss