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Berberis vulgaris

European Barberry

Known as common barberry or European barberry, is a deciduous shrub native to Europe, Northwest Africa and Western Asia. The shrub produces red, oblong berries that are somewhat tart and used in culinary applications and for medicinal use. 
Berberis vulgaris


Common barberry, European barberry or, simply, barberry




Barberry is an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-neoplastic, astringent, hepatic stimulant (cholagogue & choleretic) and a laxative. 


The Barberry plant is known to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant effects. When used it helps with immune system support, digestive health, and can play a role in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.

  • Benefits

    Berberis vulgaris, or barberry, has several benefits and is used to treat various ailments of the body. By incorporating barberry into your regiment, it can potentially lower cholesterol levels and improve lipid metabolism, regulate your blood sugars, and contribute to immune system support. It can also be used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis due to its anti-inflammatory properties that work to manage skin inflammation. Barberry can also be used to effectively treat diarrhea. 

  • Usage

    Barberry can be used in many forms including culinary applications and medicinal uses. The berries from the barberry plant can be used in jams, jellies, sauces, and desserts. They can also be used in tea for its potential digestive benefits. Medicinally, it can be taken in a supplement form because of its health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and blood sugar-regulating properties.

  • More Info

    Berberis vulgaris has been used for centuries, dating back to ancient times (i.e. Ancient Egypt and Asia).It typically grows to a height of 2 to 3 meters but can sometimes reach up to 4 meters. The barberry shrub has distinctive yellow wood and sharp thorns. Its bark, roots, and berries have been used for potential health benefits.

When Berberis vulgaris Helps With

“Homeopathy is a progressive and aggressive step in medicine”

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