The dried leaves are used by
herbalists to make tinctures for inflammatory conditions of the urinary
tract, such as cystitis, and of the prostate gland.
A. betulina is a small shrub native to Cape Province in South Africa, where the local
Hottentots use its leaves mixed with oil as a body perfume. The pale-green leaves are rounded with a curved point and have a leathery feel;
oil glands can be seen on their surface. The flowers are small and white, but are rarely seen in samples of the herb.
Dried leaves, collected during
Volatile oil containing diosphenol, pulegone, and limonene; flavonoids such as rutin, hesperidin, and quercitin; tannins.
Increases urine production; urinary antiseptic.
Given for cystitis, other inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract,
and for prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland). However, it should not be used when there is kidney infection.