Ruscus or little holly or fragon is a plant that has been used since ancient times to fight against dilated and inflamed veins (varicose veins and haemorrhoids) and painful periods. Known in England in the 18th century as the butcher's herb because they used it to sweep their logs but also because they had noticed that its presence limited the proliferation of bacteria, it was then lost until 1950 when two Frenchmen isolated ruscogenin and neoruscogenin, two very powerful vasoconstrictor substances (which tighten the diameter of the veins) and protect the walls of the small vessels.
We have associated it with vitamin C which also has the property of strengthening and protecting the vessel walls. Fragrance also has diuretic properties known since antiquity, which explains its effectiveness in water retention and oedema. Between 1986 and 2007, more than 30 therapeutic trials demonstrated the effectiveness of thorny fragon in venous insufficiency, haemorrhoids, painful periods and oedema.