Barberries are the tart, red berries of the Berberis vulgaris plant. They contain a unique compound called berberine, which acts as an antioxidant. It may help improve blood sugar control, treat diarrhea, and fight inflammation related to dental infections and acne. Its berries have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat digestive issues, infections, and skin conditions.
It may be used as a tonic, purgative, antiseptic. It is used in the form of a liquid extract, given as decoction, infusion, or tincture, but generally, a salt of the alkaloid Berberine is preferred.
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.
It may be used in all cases of jaundice, general debility and biliousness, and for diarrhea.