Latin name: Betula pendula Roth (= Betula alba auct. non L.)
Permitted plant parts: leaf, bark, button and juice
Source: plant based
The Betula tree belongs to the Betulaceae family and is closely related to the oak/beech family. These trees are mostly found in temperate climates and are widespread in the Northern hemisphere. The leaves of the tree, which contain lots of vitamin C, are used to make medicine. Birch is used for infections of the urinary tract that affect the kidney, bladder, ureters, and urethra. It is also used as a diuretic to increase urine output. Some people take birch along with lots of fluids for “irrigation therapy” to flush out the urinary tract. Other uses include treating arthritis, achy joints (rheumatism), loss of hair and skin rashes.