Barberry shrub belongs to the genus of the family Berberidaceae
 Barberry shrub belongs to the genus of the family Berberidaceae. Distributed in the northern regions of Russia, as well as in Crimea, the Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Central Asia and North America.

The most famous of Berberis vulgaris (Berberis vulgaris), it is used not only for decorative purposes. Even in ancient Babylon and India it was known about the medicinal properties of this plant - it was used to purify the blood. In Russia also knew about the healing properties of barberry, and used it to stop the bleeding in scurvy, and diseases of the liver.

Useful properties of barberry

All parts of this plant - roots, bark, leaves and fruits are used in folk medicine. In fruits barberry contained large amounts of organic acids (citric, tartaric, malic, etc..), They also contain vitamin C, pectin, carotene and mineral salts. Pectins are able to bind heavy metals, salts and other compounds would be unprofitable, so barberry has a cleansing effect.

In the roots, the bark and leaves of barberry contain special substances - alkaloids (the main ones - berberine), except that in those parts of the plant contains tannins, vitamins E and C. According to the literature it is berberine stimulates the muscles of the uterus, increases the separation of bile and positively influences the amplitude of cardiac contractions. In addition there is evidence that berberine helps combat tobacco and alcohol.

Use in Traditional Medicine

Given the beneficial properties of barberry, and it is often used in official medicine. Pharmacies can buy the bark, leaves and roots of barberry ordinary. Very efficacious medicaments based on this plant are used for stopping gynecological bleeding. Since the alkaloids from the roots and leaves of barberry have a choleretic effect, the components are part of preparations for the treatment of biliary dyskinesia, hepatitis and other liver diseases.

Tincture of barberry (pharmaceutical manufacturing) is used as a sedative 25-30 drops 3 times a day.

The use of barberry in folk medicine

The juice from the berries of barberry has antipyretic, antimicrobial and hemostatic effect. In addition, it helps cleanse the blood, removing toxins from the body and slows the aging process. Eating berries in the food helps to awaken the appetite, lower blood pressure and is beneficial to the blood circulation of the heart muscle. The fruits of Berberis vulgaris have a mild diuretic effect, helps normalize intestinal function.

Of Berberidaceae berries cooked jams, syrups, liqueurs and more. For colds, you can use a drink made based on the fruits of the barberry. It has antipyretic effect, removes toxins from the body and the appetite returns.

The infusion of the leaves of Berberis vulgaris are used as cholagogue when biliary dyskinesia, hepatitis. Also, alcohol infusion of leaves is used as a hemostatic (hemostatic) agent in uterine bleeding of various origins.  Of Berberidaceae berries cooked jams, syrups, liqueurs

Useful properties of barberry allow the use of a decoction of its leaves in the treatment of peptic ulcer to eliminate nausea. To prepare the broth 1 tablespoon chopped leaves heated 250-300 ml of water for 15 minutes. After insisting broth 40 minutes, strain, cool and add boiled water (to 250 ml). Ingest a tablespoon 3 times a day.

Also tincture from the leaves of this plant can be prepared vitamin tea. To do this, 1 cup of boiling water 1 teaspoon taken barberry leaves (or fruit), infused for half an hour. Vitamin tea has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action, astringent effect and improves appetite. This tea is good to use in diseases of the gums and teeth.

Tincture of bark and roots of barberry is used as a hemostatic agent in gynecology, as well as used for hypotension uterus in the postpartum period. There tincture pharmaceutical manufacturing (20%), which can be administered to stop internal bleeding.

A decoction of the roots of barberry used to help in hepatitis of different origins. The broth is prepared as follows: half a teaspoon of crushed roots boiled in 250 ml water for 30 minutes, then the broth was cooled, filtered and water was added to the original volume. Take a teaspoon 3 times a day. This decoction is also effective in bronchitis and pleurisy.

Funds on the basis of barberry are contraindicated for pregnant women.