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Barberries (Berberis)100 g, 50 g, 25 g


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Barberries – 100 g ($9.99), 50 g ($7.99), 25 g (5.99)


Barberry contains vitamin C, which increases immune function and may prevent scurvy. It has a mild diuretic effect. Homeopathic preparations are used for kidney stones, gout, rheumatism, liver and gallbladder disorders, and dry skin diseases such as psoriasis. Unproven uses include opium withdrawal, jaundice, tuberculosis, piles, renal disease, malaria, and leishmaniasis.

Cuts, scrapes, and abrasions; infections of the bladder, eyes, nails, reproductive tract, sinuses, skin, throat; and parasitic infection. In cell studies, berberine (a compound in barberry) kills a vast variety of germs—among them the parasites Leishmania and Plasmodium (the organism that causes malaria); Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Shigella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Vibrio bacteria; and various kinds of fungi—and is very active against a number of others. Some laboratory tests have found that berberine is a more potent antibiotic than the sulfa drugs against some kinds of infections. Berberine also is effective against some bacteria that have become antibiotic-resistant. But human data are unavailable to support its use in such cases.

Diarrhea. One study found that individuals suffering from cholera-induced diarrhea experienced significant relief from acute diarrhea after twenty-four hours with a dosage of 100 milligrams of barberry four times a day.

Gallstones, kidney stones, and liver problems. The stem and root bark of barberry have been used to improve liver function and to treat gallstones. It has been purported to prevent kidney stones in some people, but it is not indicated as a treatment.

Gastritis and peptic ulcers. Berberine kills Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium implicated in both ulcers and chronic gastritis. Animal studies have shown that the compounds in barberry can reduce muscle spasms, which might further explain their usefulness in gastrointestinal disorders. Alcohol extracts of barberry may help with heartburn and stomach cramps.

Immunity. Extracts of barberry have been used to fight infections, feverish colds, and urinary tract infections (UTIs), although to date these uses are largely unproven.

A chemical constituent of barberry, palmitine hydroxide, is believed to interfere with the maturation of sperm cells in the testes. Studies indicate that this effect may contribute to sterility in men. Men who are seeking to become fathers should avoid barberry.


Recommended Uses

Barberry is available in capsules, ointments, tablets, and tinctures. The tincture can be used to make compresses. It can be made into a tea as well. The daily dosage of the infusion of tea is 2 grams in 250 milliliters of water, to be sipped. A tincture dose is 20 to 40 drops daily. Homeopathy doses are 5 drops, 1 tablet, or 10 globules every thirty to sixty minutes for an acute illness or one to three times daily for a chronic illness.

Side effects are rare when barberry is used properly. However, dosages of over 4 grams will bring about light stupor, nosebleeds, vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney irritation. Treatment may be required to treat this poisonous state.

Another of the chemical constituents of barberry, palmitine hydroxide, is believed to interfere with the maturation of sperm cells in the testes. Studies indicate that this effect may contribute to sterility in men. Men who are seeking to become fathers should avoid barberry.

Berberine alone has been reported to interfere with normal bilirubin metabolism in infants, raising a concern that it may worsen jaundice. Also, there are reports that it can stimulate the uterine muscles. For these reasons, berberine-containing plants, including barberry and goldenseal, should not be used by pregnant women or nursing mothers. Also, strong extracts may cause stomach upset, so they should be used for no more than two weeks at a time.

Botanical Name: Berberis vulgaris
English: Common Barberry, True Barberry, Indian Barberry
Ayurvedic: Daruharidraa, Daruharidra
Unani: Darhald, Sumblo booti
Also, known as: Chatrod, Kashmal, Darvi, Daruhuladur, Manupasupu, Gangeti, Daruhalidi, Daaru Haldi Lakdi Daaru Haldi Wood, Daruhalad, Varatiumanjal, Sumalu, Maramanjal, Daruhaladi,Daruhaldi, Maramannal, Maradarishana, Maradarishina, Katamkateri
Habitat: North Western Himalayas
Origin: India
Harvested: Wild
Parts Used: Berries

General Information:
Barberry is an erect, spinous, deciduous shrub usually 1.8 -3.6 meters in height found in the Himalaya ranges at an elevation of 1000-3000 meters and in the Nilgiri Hills in South India. Bark is around 0.4-0.8 cm thick, pale yellowish brown, soft closely and rather deeply furrowed, rough, brittle. The bark is gray having sharp spines at nodes and the inner wood is yellow. The arched hanging branches have clusters of leaves that are small, toothed, ovate, alternate, dull green above and grayish below. Leaves on young sprouts are spiny. Yellow flowers are perfect, half inch long, occur in drooping racemes 1-2 inches long and have an unpleasant odor. Flowers give way to small oblong berries that are scarlet red to purple. They contain 1-3 small, black seeds. Common barberry spread by seed and by vegetative expansion.

How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!

You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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