Deep in the jungles of Africa, the bark of the borututu tree (Cochlospermum angolensis) holds many treasures. A tea made made from this interesting substance has traditionally been used to manage ailments related to liver function, indigestion, and fatigue. Indeed, borututu bark tea as a broad spectrum tonic is an old world tradition. A natural and powerful broad spectrum cleansing agent, traditional African medicine favors borututu for the management of problems of the liver and gallbladder.
Beneficial Compounds in Borututu Bark
Rich in active ingredients such as quinones, catechins, phenols, and bio-flavonoids, borututu has a wealth of substances shown to benefit the liver and gallbladder. For problems related to the the digestive system and gallbladder, hands down, borututu bark is one of nature’s most powerful tonics.
Like many phytonutrients, borututu bark is a venerable source for the extremely health promoting power of antioxidants. Antioxidants sniff out and fight free radicals, helping to lessen oxidative stress and damage. By sniping out those varmints, antioxidants aid the body in detoxification. Antioxidant activity can help the body defend itself against the negative outside influences of pollution, stress, and toxic chemicals in our water, air and environment.
Borututu is thought to positively influence blood fluidity, which may support factors that help to lower cholesterol and normalize arterial tension. Borututu has also been described as promoting healthy hydration. A specially processed synergistic blend of borututu and aloe vera has a place in old medical books as a cooling and detoxifying cleanser for the blood, bowels, and liver. It’a also a nutritional powerhouse, which may benefit the gastrointestinal tract and have use in cases involving ulcers.
Most of the favorable dialogue concerning borututu is limited to historical and cultural use, however some research has examined the potential of borututu bark. Oddly enough, two German studies, have found it to be beneficial against malaria in rodents. Additional research into potential activity against harmful organisms has been launched. Certainly these observations indicate borututu bark to be a potential soldier in the army of phytonutrients used to battle against illness and health problems.   
- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
- Presber W, Herrmann DK, Hegenscheid B. [The effect of an extract from Cochlospermum angolense ("Burututu") on Plasmodium berghei in the mouse malaria suppression test]. Angew Parasitol. 1991 Feb;32(1):7-9. German.
- Presber W, Hegenscheid B, Hernandez-Alvarez H, Herrmann D, Brendel C. Inhibition of the growth of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium berghei in vitro by an extract of Cochlospermum angolense (Welw.). Acta Trop. 1992 Apr;50(4):331-8.
- Presber W, Hegenscheid B, Friedmann-Alvermann B, Dörge S, Voigt G, Hiller K, Hils J, May A, Böthig B. [Antiviral activity of extracts of Cochlospermum angolense Welw]. Pharmazie. 1987 Oct;42(10):707-8. German.