Barberry Root Bark c/s / Oregon Grape
Scientific Name: Berberis Vulgaris, Berberidaceae Family
AKA: Barberry, Kingor, Daruhaldi, Daraharidra, Berberis, European Barberry, Jaundice Berry, Pepperidge Bush, Sowberry, Berberis Dumetorum
Parts Used: Berries, Stems of the Root and Bark
Active Compounds: Resin, Tannin, Chelidonic Acid, Alkaloids including Berberine, Berbamine, Berberrubine, Bervulcine, Columbamine, Isotetrandrine, Jatrorrhizine, Magnoflorine, Oxycanthine, Vulvracine
Background: Used for thousands of years, Barberry was present in Ancient Egypt's civilization to prevent plagues. Indian healers promoted it for dysentery and Europeans and Russians used it for liver ailments, high blood pressure, and abnormal bleeding.
Internal: Effective in treating liver functions because it helps the flow of bile. Also effective in treating gallbladder ailments. Known to reduce enlarged spleens.
Laxative: Assists in cleansing the system and promoting mild laxative effects on weak or debilitated patients. Also works as a mucosa and improves digestion in general.
Description: Barberry is native to Europe and the British Isles (and later grown in North America). This common thorny garden bush grows in gravel-based soil and sprouts clusters of yellow flowers from April to June. Bright red berries become ripe in August.
The Barberry root is yellowish with stems growing up to 8 feet that turn from a reddish hue to a grayish color when mature. Barberry is harvested in spring or fall and the berries are collected in the fall. The leaves are green and leathery in texture.
Dosage: Decoction: Add 1 teaspoon if Barberry bark to 1 cup water and boil. Let sit up to 15 minutes and drink three times a day.
Combination: Add Barberry with Fringe Tree Bark and Black Root to treat gallbladder disease.
Tincture: Use 1-2 ml three times a day.
Powder: Take 1/4 teaspoon powdered bark several times a day.
Safety: Do not use if Barberry is you are pregnant. Can cause nausea or vomiting, convulsions, or erratic blood pressure. Do not take if suffering from heart conditions or respiratory ailments. Do not take large doses of Barberry and consult a physician before use. Not suitable for children under the age of two.
For educational purposes only. This Barberry information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This Barberry information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.