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Barberry Root is used for ailments and discomforts of the kidneys and urinary tract, the gastrointestinal tract, for liver diseases, bronchial discomforts, spleen ailments, spasms, and as a stimulant for the circulatory system.
Frontier Barberry Root, C/S, Wildcrafted, 1 lb.
ITEM CODE #507
Other: European barberry
Berberis vulgaris L.
Plant Family: Berberidaceae
The barberry is a tall shrub with gray, thorny branches. Bright yellow flowers bloom in the late spring become dark, drooping bunches of red berries in the fall. Puckery but less bitter than cranberries, ripe barberries can be used to make jam. Both the berries and the bark are used in healing. Medicinal use of barberry dates back at least to the time of ancient Egypt, when it was combined with fennel seed to prevent plague. In Europe and the US, Barberry has been used as a bitter tonic, antipyretic, and antihemorrhagic. It has also been used in China in the same fashion, but also for its antimalarial qualities.
The barberry contains its namesake chemical berberine, also found in coptis, goldenseal, Oregon grape root, and turmeric. The herb also contains the B-vitamin thiamine, vitamin C, the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, chromium, cobalt, and zinc.
The whole root, aerial parts and sometimes the fruiting body.
The whole herb barberry is available in capsules, fluid extracts, tinctures, and ointments. Dried roots of barberry can also be used in tea.
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Berberidis fructus, barberry.
Berberidis cortex, barberry bark.
Berberidis radicis cortex, barberry root bark.
Berberidis radix, barberry root.
Barberry consists of the fruits of Berberis vulgaris L. [Fam. Berberidaceae], as well as preparations thereof.
Barberry bark consists of the bark of the above-ground parts of B. vulgaris L., as well as preparations thereof.
Barberry root bark consists of the bark of the underground parts of B. vulgaris L., as well as preparations thereof.
Barberry root consists of the underground parts of B. vulgaris L., as well as preparations thereof.
Barberry is used for ailments and discomforts of the kidneys and urinary tract, the gastrointestinal tract, for liver diseases, bronchial discomforts, spleen ailments, spasms, and as a stimulant for the circulatory system.
The effectiveness for the claimed applications is not documented.
Barberry root, bark, and/or root bark are used for ailments and complaints of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, gallbladder, kidney and urinary tract, respiratory tract, and heart and circulatory system, also as a febrifuge and "blood purifier."
Other parts of Berberis vulgaris :
Berberine is well tolerated up to 0.5 g. With accidental intake of more than 0.5 g of berberine, the following symptoms have been described:
Lethargy, nose bleed, dyspnea, skin and eye irritation. Also kidney irritation and nephritis have been reported. Even lethal poisonings have been observed from overdoses of berberine. Disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea have been noted.
The LD50for berberine sulfate in mice is 24.3 mg/kg in intraperitoneal application.
Berberine in small dosages stimulates the respiratory system, while high dosages lead to severe dyspnea and spasms ending in lethal primary paralysis of the respiratory system. Lethal dosages also cause hemorrhagic nephritis.
Death due to respiratory paralysis occurred in anesthetized cats and dogs at 25 mg/kg. In addition, a noticeable inhibition of the heart action was observed.
No reports of poisonings with this herb (i.e., the herb barberry) are known.
Since the effectiveness for the claimed applications is not documented, a therapeutic use of this herb cannot be recommended.
[Ed. note:The risks listed above have been observed with the purified alkaloid berberine, not the parts of the herb barberry.] http://cms.herbalgram.org/commissione/Monographs/Monograph0014.html
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