(Berberis vulgaris) aka - Jaundice Berry, Pepperidge Bush
For hundreds of years, North American Indians used Barberry for treating the liver. And it was found to be effective in cases of jaundice. Physicians have found that Barberry increases the secretion of bile, eliminating stress on the liver that is contaminated by impure blood. Barberry contains an alkaloid called ‘berberine’ that dilates blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. Barberry helps to strengthen the body and is a system invigorator. Barberry soothes and works to heal sore throats when used as a gargle and mouthwash. It also alleviates anemia and general malnutrition. Barberry will reduce inflammation of the spleen caused by irritations due to contaminated blood and is effective at loosening obstructions in the intestinal tract.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Barberry may provide relief from:
• Appetite (lack of)
• Blood Purifier
• Spleen/Liver Issues
• Mouth Ulcers
• High Blood Pressure
- Properties: Alterative, Anti-bacterial, Anti-neoplastic, Anti-septic, Aromatic, Astringent, Blood Purifier, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Hepatic, Hypotensive, Purgative (mild), Stomachic Primary nutrients: Iron, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin C.