Barberry Root: Health and Wellness. Do This Now!

Berberis Vulgaris AKA. Jaundice Berry, Pepperidge Bush

In its history, this shrub is native to Europe, and naturalized in Asia. The North American Indians used Barberry for treating the liver. The Indians also found that drinking a prepared decoction from the root bark could restore the body from general debility and improve the appetite. Physicians found that Barberry relieves jaundice and diseases of the liver and gall bladder because it increases the secretion of bile. In Egypt, they mixed Barberry with Fennel seed to prevent the plague. In ancient Ayurvedic medicine, Barberry and Turmeric are combined to regulate liver energy in a way that is very similar to the use of bupleurum in Chinese herbalism.

Barberry contains Berberine an alkaloid that dilates blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. A tea made from the bark is taken during the spring months as a blood purifier. Berberine is a strong antiseptic that is also found in Golden Seal. A strong decoction is employed as an application to sore lips and to heal a sore throat when used as a gargle and mouthwash. The Berberine in Barberry can also affect respiration where it can reduce bronchial constriction and care for the mucous membranes.

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Barberry has astringent properties and also works on the bowel to help control diarrhea, and the herb is said to be an effective purgative.  

Webster declares it of value in jaundice when there is no obstruction of the bile ducts, and in doses short of purgative stimulates the duodenal functions relieving intestinal dyspepsia. Small doses are also palliative in renal calculi and in soreness, burning, and other unpleasant sensations of the urinary tract.


Europe, temperate Asia, northern Africa, and North America from Nova Scotia to Delaware and Pennsylvania, west to Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.


Anemia, Arthritis, Bladder Blood Cleanser, High Blood Pressure, Blood Purifier, Boils, Breath Odor, Bright’s Disease, Constricted Bronchials, Cholera, Constipation (liver-related), Debility, Diarrhea, Digestive Disorders, Dysentery, Dyspepsia, Fevers, Gallbladder, Gallstones, Gum Diseases, Heart, Heartburn, Hemorrhaging, Indigestion, Infections, Itching, Jaundice, Kidneys, Liver Conditions, Migraine Headaches, Mouth Ulcers, Pyorrhea, rheumatism, Ringworm, Skin Disorders, Sore Throat, Spleen, Syphilis, Typhoid Fever.


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