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Berberis vulgaris. Synonyms: B. aetnensis, B. boisseri, B. orientalis

Common Name: Berberis, common or European barberry, sowberry, jaundice berry, pipperidge bush, sour spine

Family: Berberidaceae

Actions: Alterative,  Anti-inflammatory,  Antimicrobial, Bitter, Cholagogue, Hepatic, Mild laxative

Taste: Acidic (fruits and leaves) Very Bitter

Energy: Cooling, Drying, Warm and Dry (fruits)

Mainly the roots and stem bark are used as an alterative or blood purifier in the spring, as a cholagogue and hepatic for conditions affecting the liver and gallbladder, as an antimocrobial for diarrhea, dysentery, and parasitical infections, and also as an eye wash (Hoffmann, 2003; Mills & Bone, 2000). With mild laxative effects, barberry is also used as a bitter tonic to improve digestion (Hoffmann, 2003). Modern applications of barberry also include conditions associated with inflammatory processes (Bober et al., 2018), as well as for gynecological conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia (Imenshahidi & Hosseinzadeh, 2019).

Barberry Has Been Used For:

Bladder problems



Kidney, Liver & Spleen aliments

Dental Plague






Heart Health




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    • 2 oz., and 4 oz. extracts come in amber glass bottles with a dropper.
    • 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes come in amber glass bottles with a plastic screw cap and does not include a dropper

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