Ruscogenin and your skin

Vein protection, circulation, water retention, cellulite

Ruscogenin and neoruscogenin, two natural chemicals extracted from the butcher's broom (ruscus aculeatus) plant, have been found in numerous clinical studies to protect and tone veins and thereby boost circulation and fight water retention. 



Ruscogenins are ideal as active ingredients in creams for water retention, under-eye bags and cellulite. However due to their prohibitive cost they are rarely used. Instead a low concentration butcher's broom extract is typically used [the Celluence® cellulite creams are the only creams in the world to contain PURE ruscogenin (95%+ purity) with 39 other actives, for maximum result with cellulite reduction and overall leg wellness.





4+ ways Ruscogenin/ Butcher's broom

helps fight water retention, under-eye bags and cellulite


4/ Ruscus aculeatus improves venulre contraction and protects veins from histamine-induced hyper-permeability...

...inflammation and free radical damage. In comparison to diosmin, ruscus is more effective and its results last longer.

[Source: Effects of venotonic drugs on the microcirculation: Comparison between Ruscus extract and micronized diosmine]


3/ Phlebitis ulcers heal with the aid of herbal cream consisting of horse chestnut, butcher's broom, allantoin and hyaluronic acid

This herbal compound, in combination with compression garments, significantly improved inflammation, healing time and pain in phlebitis, in relation to compression garments alone. Ivy extract in the cream contributed to pain reduction; horse chestnut, butcher's broom and grape seed extract reduced inflammation; and allantoin, gotu kola and hyaluronic acid aided sore healing. In patients who applied both the cream and the compression garment pain stopped in 72 hours, inflammation disappeared in one week, tissue swelling stopped in one week and healing was complete in 4 weeks.

[Source: Multicentric study on a topical compound with lymph-draining action in the treatment of the phlebostatic ulcer of the inferior limbs]



2/ Review paper suggests butcher's broom for the treatment of varicose veins

The loss of vascular integrity is associated with the pathogenesis of varicose veins. Several botanical extracts (horse chestnut/aesculus, butcher's broom/ruscus, gotu kola, flavonoids and pine bark) have been shown to improve microcirculation, capillary flow and vascular tone, and to strengthen the connective tissue of the perivascular amorphous substrate. Oral supplementation with may prevent time-consuming, painful, and expensive complications of varicose veins and hemorrhoids

[Source: Hemorrhoids and varicose veins: a review of treatment options]



1/ ruscus aculeatus / ruscogenin protects blood vessels by preventing the breakdown of elastin

In this study scientists examined how effective these three herbs and their active chemicals  were in fighting the breakdown of elastin and hyaluronic acid, both very important components of the basic substance that surrounds and protects blood vessels. The study has shown that ruscogenin from butcher's broom was very effective in preventing the breakdown of elastin but ineffective in protecting hyaluronic acid; escin from horse chestnut was effective only in protecting hyaluronic acid; oleanolic acid and hederagenin from ivy are effective in preventing the breakdown of elastin as well as hyaluronic acid. Of course, hyaluronidase and elastase inhibition are only two of the many different ways in which those three well researched and widely used plants help protect blood vessels and boost circulation / lymphatic drainage.

[Source: Anti-elastase and anti-hyaluronidase activities of saponins and sapogenins from Hedera helix, Aesculus hippocastanum, and Ruscus aculeatus: factors contributing to their efficacy in the treatment of venous insufficiency]