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Barberry - Uses and Benefits

Alternative Names: Mohina ,Pipperidge Bush

Plant Description:

Barberry contains an active substance called berberine alkaloid. Barberry is shrub with gray, thorny branches and bright yellow flowers glooming between the month of April and June and became dark, drooping bunches of red berries in fall. Barberries are used for medicinal purposes.

Barberry is sometimes only one foot in height or sometimes upto ten , depending on the species. It can be either evergreen or delicious. The leaves themselves may be simple or compound depending on the species. Flowers are most often bright yellow clusters.

 

Uses and Benefits:

Barberry is cultivated as a fruit but it has so many benefits as an herbal product. From barberry fruit we can make jam as an edible . Beverages are also made from barberry.

Nowadays barberry is used to treat gallbladder disease, heartburn and indigestion, and diarrhea. Herbs of barberry can be used to treat infections , parasites, psoriasis, and vaginitis. Barberry is used in the treatment of colorectal cancer, liver cancer, strep throat. As an eye drop it works well for eliminating bloodshot eyes.

Side Effects:

Persons having allergic to barberry they suffered from breathing problems and pain in their chest. Other side effects from barberry are nausea and vomiting.

Barberry has been reported to interfere with normal liver functions in infants, raising a concern that it may worsen jaundice. Barberry should not be taken during pregnancy and breast feeding. Excessive intake of barberry include lethargy, nose bleed, skin and eye irritation and kidney irritation.

 

Dosage:

Barberry should not be taken regularly. Three to five days are sufficient for an upset stomach. It can be taken for sore throats, bladder infections, diarrhea, bronchitis. or yeast infections. In dry form the dose would be 250 to 500 milligrams three times daily. For skin disorders 10% extract of barberry in ointment, applied to skin three times daily.

If you choose to take barberry, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Interactions:

Barberry extract can cause stomach upset . If anyone taking Doxycycline or Tetracycline, consult your physician before taking it.

Certain medicine interact with barberry . Some interactions may enhance the need for barberry. Other interaction may be negative and should not be taken without consulting to the physician.

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