In Dr. Reil’s article on Renal Remedies in the second volume of “Homoeopathische Vierteljahrs-Schrift,” page 434, we find this article alluded to in the following manner: “Buchu has been frequently used, more especially in affections of the urinary and genital organs, in rheumatism, gout and dropsy. Bardili who instituted experiments on man with this plant, found that besides a general increase of vascular action, the urine was discharged in greater quantity, had an aromatic odor, appeared flocky, and deposited a purulent sediment.”
Pereira contains the following notice of this drug: “In this country Buchu has been principally employed in chronic maladies, of the urino-genital organs. Dr. Reese first drew the attention of practitioners and the public in this country, to these cases; and, in 1823, Dr. M’Dowell gave a most favorable account of its good effects. It has since been employed by a considerable number of practitioners, and its remedial powers fairly tried. It seems to be principally adapted to chronic cases attended with copious secretion. In chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane –of the bladder, attended with a copious discharge of mucus, it frequently checks the secretion, and diminishes the irritable condition of the bladder; but I have several times seen it fail to give the least relief, and, in some cases, it appeared rather to add to the patient;s sufferings. In irritable conditions of the urethra, as spasmodic stricture, and in gleet, it has occasionally proved serviceable. In lithiasis, attended with increased secretion of uric acid, it has been given with considerable benefit by Dr. Carler and others, and has appeared to check the formation of this acid. For the most part it should be given in these cases in combination with alkalies (as liquor- potassae). In prostatic affections, in rheumatism, and even in skin-diseases, it has been employed, and it is said, with good effect. In dyspepsia Dr. Hulton found it serviceable.”.