Barberry , Berberis vulgaris.
Traditional uses of Barberry:
Barberry is a rich source of a substance called berberine. It has a strong antifungal activity against Candida fungi, which makes it applicable to candidiasis. It also has antibacterial properties, including against Chlamydia pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Salmonellae, Shigellae, Escherichia coli, as well as antiparasitic, among others against Giardia (Lamblia) intestinalis. Buhner uses barberry as a source of berberine and uses it as one of the main herbs against Chlamydia bacteria in its protocol. The effect of barberry is attributed to the presence of active ingredients, isoquinoline alkaloids, berberine, berbamine and oxyacanthine. Barberry has been proven to be a potent immunostimulant because it stimulates the activity of macrophages. In addition, barberry increases the effectiveness of fungicides such as caprylic acid. Due to the vasodilating properties, it lowers blood pressure. Barberry has a protective effect on organs such as the spleen, liver, lungs and heart. In addition, berberine, which is the main component of barberry, has a positive effect on the intestinal microflora, restoring its proper balance.
Barberry cannot be used by pregnant women and during lactation.
Berberine included in Barberry may increase the concentration of bilirubin in the blood, decrease the level of sodium in the blood or cause light photophobia.
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