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Barberry

Also indexed as:Berberis vulgaris, Indian Barberry
Barberry: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Berberis vulgaris

Parts Used & Where Grown

The root and stem bark contain the medicinally active components of barberry. The barberry bush also produces small red berries. Although this particular species is native to Europe, it now also grows throughout North America. A closely related species, Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium), is native to North America.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Chronic Candidiasis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Barberry contains berberine, an alkaloid with antibiotic activity that also been shown to help relieve the diarrhea seen in some people with chronic candidiasis.
Diarrhea
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Berberine, a constituent of barbarry, has been shown to improve infectious diarrhea in some double-blind trials.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Taking barberry may help stimulate digestion and relieve an upset stomach.
Infection
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Barberry is both immune supportive and antimicrobial.
Parasites
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Berberine is derived from several plants, including barberry. Studies have shown that berberine kills amoebae and can be used successfully to treat giardia infections.
Psoriasis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
An ointment containing barberry may reduce inflammation and be effective against moderate psoriasis.
Vaginitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Barberry is antibacterial and may be effective against infectious vaginitis.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Traditionally, in European and American herbalism, barberry was used to treat a large number of conditions, particularly infections and stomach problems.1 It has also been used internally to treat skin conditions.

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