Historically, barberry root (Berberis vulgaris) was used by North American Indians for treating the liver. Physicians have found that it increases the secretion of bile, eliminating stress on the liver when it is contaminated by impure blood. Barberry will reduce inflammation of the spleen caused by irritation due to contaminated blood and is effective at loosening obstructions in the intestinal tract. Barberry contains an alkaloid called berberine that dilates blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. It helps to strengthen the body and invigorate the system by alleviating anemia and general malnutrition. It has also been found to be effective in cases of jaundice. Barberry soothes and works to heal sore throats when used as a gargle and mouthwash.
- Primary uses: Here are just a few of the ailments Barberry Root can provide relief for: • Appetite (lack of) • Blood Pressure (High) • Blood Purifier • Diarrhea • Fevers • Gallbladder (sluggish) • Indigestion • Infections • Jaundice • Liver • Mouth Ulcers • Sore Throat