Botanical Name: Berberis vulgaris
Common Names: European barberry, jaundice berry, pepperidge, pepperidge bush, sowberry, berberis
Barberry bark is a natural herb derived from dried Berberis vulgaris bark, and is among the many herbs that have been in common use among Indians of North America for centuries. Indigenous peoples used barberry bark powder for the treatment of liver ailments. Native American shamans and medicine men believed that herbs such as those derived from sliced Beriberis vulgaris bark stimulated the production of bile, thus purifying the blood. Ancient Egyptians used powdered Barberry Bark in combination with organic herbs such as fennel seed as an inoculation against disease. In Europe and the US, Barberry has been used as a bitter tonic, antipyretic, and antihemorrhagic. It has also been used in China in the same fashion, but also for its antimalarial qualities.
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