• used as a tonic to the intestines for constipation • used as an antimicrobial for gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections • used to promote liver function, bile flow, to treat gallbladder inflammation and adjunctively for symptoms associated with gallstones • Used as an immune stimulant • Used as an adjunctive therapy for non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
Barberry is a herb with a long history of use in the West as both foodstuff and medicine.
Classic British herbalist Mrs. M. Grieve provides an excellent summary of the traditional therapeutic scope of this herb: “As a bitter stomachic tonic, it proves an excellent remedy for dyspepsia and functional derangement of the liver, regulating the digestive powers, and if given in larger doses, acting as a mild purgative and removing constipation.”
The berberine in barberry has remarkable infection-fighting properties. Studies around the world show that it kills microorganisms that cause wound infections (staphylococcus and streptococcus), diarrhea (salmonella and shigella), dysentery, cholera, giardiasis, urinary tract infections and vaginal yeast infections.”
Berberine stimulates the immune system. Studies show that it activates macrophages (literally ‘big eaters'), the white blood cells that devour harmful microorganisms.
Barberry is a traditional remedy for correcting liver function and promoting the flow of bile. It is indicated when gallstones or gallbladder inflammation is present and when jaundice occurs due to a congested state of the liver. It is a bitter tonic with mild laxative effects helping to strengthen and cleanse the system in weak or debilitated people.
Research has confirmed the hepatoprotective qualities of berberine. As well, a recent study shows that berberine significantly inhibited the progression of diabetes and the inhibitory effect of berberine on diabetes might be associated with its hypoglycemic effect and its ability to scavenge free radicals.”