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Berberis Vulgaris Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Berberis Vulgaris
Hindi Name
Chitra, Chotra, Darhald
Homeopathic Name
Berberis Vulgaris   -   Mother Tincture

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Berberis Vulgaris Cures

Super Effective

Urinary Obstruction

Action of Berberis Vulgaris

Most Effective

Highly Effective

Nutrients in Berberis Vulgaris

Berberis Vulgaris
Combines With

Taste of
Berberis Vulgaris

Parts Used

Fruit, Bark, Roots, Stem Bark

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Berberis Vulgaris

Avoid use during Pregnancy.
High doses may cause Nosebleed, Vomiting , Depression.
Unsafe for newborns.
Please be careful before taking this herb. If you take it in a crude form, it may cause Vitiligo and if you take it in a potent form, it will cure Vitiligo.
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Barberry is a shrub.
It is deciduous.
It grows in a humid climate.
It grows up to 3 M.
Best used for Gastrointestinal Disorder, Skin Diseases.

Meridians affected : Liver, Stomach and Colon.

Cancer Treatment : Barberry contains Palmatine and Berberine. These chemical constituents are behind the antineoplastic action of Barberry. It inhibits and prevents the spread of tumors or malignant cells. Useful in treating Cancer of the Liver, Pancreas, Stomach, Gallbladder, intestines, reproductive organs and Lungs.


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Materia Medica for Berberis Vulgaris

Barberry General

Barberry or Berberis vulgaris is an evergreen deciduous shrub. It grows well in Europe, Africa and Asia. It is a detoxifying herb with an excellent stimulating properties.
Berberine is procured from Barberry and is a good herbal treatment for Conjunctivitis. It helps in maintaining health of the Eyes. Barberry helps to cure Cataract problems.
Barberry is a good herbal solution for Digestive complaints. It has astringent properties. This helps to kill the Intestinal bacteria at a fast rate. It gives relief from Stomach discomfort and is an effective treatment for Diarrhea. Barberry is a good Appetizer and cures food poisoning.
Barberry fights Infections and relives Inflammations. It diminishes the Inflammation of Urinary, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Tracts.
Barberry is also useful for Arthritis. It reduces Joint inflammation and decreases the Joint pain. Berberine helps in recovering the disruption caused in the Joint's motion. It helps in proper Joint movement. It is also effective for treating Gout.
Barberry is a very good Liver tonic. It stimulates the functions of the Liver and removes toxins from the body. Hence it acts as a Liver cleanser. It promotes Bile flow and boost the immunity level. Barberry fights infections and diseases. It destroys the organisms that may cause symptoms such as Dysentery, Diarrhea, Urinary Tract Infections and Vaginal Yeast infections. It is used to treat Gallstones.
Barberry acts as a Lady's Specialist. It is effective in irregular Menses and cures Inflammation of the Vagina.
Key activity areas: Conjunctivitis, Digestive System, Inflammations, Arthritis and Liver.

Methods of Administration. How to take
Tincture. The best and the most potent method of consuming Barberry is to Tincture it.
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Decoction: Make a tea.
Put l/2 teaspoonful of the powdered root or bark or leaves in a cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for l0 minutes. Drink three times a day.
The root or leaves may be chewed as such.
Single Herb

Barberry for Jaundice

Make a decoction of Barberry. Take 1/2 teaspoon once a day.

Barberry for Menstruals disorders

Make a decoction of the leaves of Barberry. Take it two times a day.

Barberry for Skin Diseases

Take Barberry powder and sprinkle liberally on bacterial Skin Infections and septic Wounds.

Barberry for Scurvy

Boil few Barberry leaves in 1 cup of water. Drink this half cup decoction once a day.

Barberry as Ophthalmic

Crush dried roots of Barberry to make powder. Add 8 g of it in lukewarm water. Use it as an Eyewash or Eye Compress.

Barberry ( Chitra ) for Gallstones

Take Barberry ( Chitra ) bark and roots in equal proportion. Boil in water to make a decoction. Have 2 teaspoons twice a day.

Barberry ( Chitra ) for Urinary Tract Infection

Steep One teaspoon crushed Barberry ( Chitra ) in 2 cups of hot water for 10-15 minutes.
Sip it slowly. Take Once or twice daily.
Do not use more than 7 consecutive days at a time.
Avoid during pregnancy.
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Herbal Treatment For Urinary Tract Infection 3

Take equal quantity of Snowflower, Barberry and Boldo leaves. Grind them together. Have half teaspoon with lukewarm water daily.

Herbal Treatment For Blurred Vision 1

Take the leaves and the Flowers of the following herbs:
Chickweed, Barberry, Marigold ( Gendha ), Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, Eyebright, Cornflowers.
Prepare an infusion. Let it cool. Use as an eyewash, 2-3 times a day.
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Arvind patidar ( India )
08 Apr 2017
Superb herb ,great work many diease
Sunny ( India )
11 Jul 2017
I have kidney stone and I am taking bulgaris vulgaris syrup from last 6 months I want to no is there any side effects for this on my kidney.
30 Oct 2017
If you have taken Berberis Vulgaris and still the stone is there. I would recommend that you take Stonebreaker capsules, one daily for a month. Land Caltrops capsule, one daily for a month.
Sarwat ara ( India )
11 Jun 2018
My husband had kidney stone two years back... he was taking Berberis vulgaris tincture ... recently he has undergone ultrasound which reports that there is no stone but he is having discomfort in the lower right side of abdomen... what could be the reason.... should he continue taking berberis or not?
Dr.Safdar Reza Zabeth ( Dubai UAE )
09 Oct 2018
Is it safe to use Berberis Vulg for a period of 6 months.
I am having h/o multiple renal calculi and now I am using Berberis since last 2 months
15 drops in 100 ml of water - twice daily along with Chimaphilia Umbellata 15 drops in 100 ml of water once daily.
So for how much duration is it safe to continue both the medications.

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