Barberry has a variety of health benefits that make it a potent herbal enhancer.
It is used as an effective treatment for diarrhea (including from food poisoning) improving its symptoms fast and easily. Barberry acts as general bitter stomach tonic, regulating digestive powers, acting like purgative and removing constipation. It is also a remedy for dyspepsia and functional derangement of the liver. Acting on gallbladder, barberry herbal preparations improve bile flow and ameliorate conditions such as gallbladder pain, gallstones, and jaundice. Antiseptic properties of the plant are useful in cases of amebic dysentery, cholera, and other similar gastrointestinal infections.
Barberry helps in treatment of the variety of chronic skin conditions (like eczema or psoriasis), respiratory tract disorders (sore throat, nasal congestion, sinusitis, bronchitis), and candida (yeast) infections (of the skin or vagina).
Berberine-containing plants (such as barberry, goldenseal, and oregon) should be used carefully by pregnant and breast-feeding women. Side effect symptoms excessive berberine intake may show up as lethargy, nose bleed, skin and eye irritation, and kidney irritation.