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Tree Campus: Warty Barberry

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Warty Barberry

Berberis verruculosa (BERBERIDACEAE)



W. China



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Equity: Cultural and Historical Significance

"The healing properties of Berberis have been known and appreciated for thousands of years...

Therapeutic uses have a long tradition in Asia in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, where the bark and root of Berberis has been used for several thousand years. The main goal is to support the functioning of the intestines and liver as well as alleviate skin problems, cleanse the body and strengthen immunity. In natural medicine, barberry is widely used. It has a high content of vitamin C, so it is used for colds and fever as well as prophylactic. In addition, it positively affects our nervous system, used in neuroses and problems with insomnia. In addition, it has a beneficial effect on the level of concentration and a positive mood. In addition, it is used in people who are overweight, due to the fact that fruit tea has a positive effect on metabolism, additionally has a diuretic and slightly laxative effect. Berberis extracts show positive effects in applications for diarrhea, intestinal cramps and other gastrointestinal bowel disorders.25 Another property of Berberis is antibacterial activity. Bark and root infusion is used for bacterial infections, due to their high content of berberine which has antibacterial properties." [1]



"In natural medicine, Berberis leaves are also used being harvested in May or June and dried in natural drying rooms. The Berberis fruit which is harvested in August or September is also used for medicinal purposes. They are dried in heated ovens, initially at a temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius, and then further dried at 50-60 degrees Celsius. Berberis fruits are very rich in vitamin C; therefore they have a vitaminizing effect." [1]



[1] Zuzanna Bober, Z., Agnieszka Stępień, A., David Aebisher, D., Łukasz Ożóg, Ł., & Dorota Bartusik-Aebisher, D. (2018). Fundamentals of the use of Berberis as a medicinal plant. European Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, (1), 41-46.

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