Indian Barberry has been used for its medicinal benefits for over 2,500 years. Its medicinal properties are attributed to a compound called berberine, which has been scientifically proven to stop the growth of bacteria in test tubes and can help the immune system function better.
Containing berberine isn’t all this fruit is capable of, it also has a long history of use as a folk remedy for infections, indigestion, gallbladder disease, digestive disorder and heartburn.
Indian barberry is known botanically as Berberis aristata. It belongs to the Berberidaceae or Barberry family and has often been referred to as Tree Turmeric, Chitra and Daruhaldi.
What Is Indian Barberry?
Indian barberry or tree turmeric is an evergreen shrub that is native to the Himalayan mountains and some parts of Sri Lanka. The entire plant gives a dye that is used to tan leather and dye clothes.
The fruits of this plant are rich in sugar and juice and consumed as such; the other parts of the plant such as the roots and stem are used for their medicinal properties.
Active Ingredients Found in Indian Barberry
Indian barberry contains alkaloids such as berberine, berbamine, oxyberberine and aromoline; it also contains starch, sugar and tannins.
Health Benefits of Indian Barberry
Tree turmeric has been traditionally used to deal with heart and liver problems and skin diseases, wounds and burns. There is also mention of its use to treat gastroenteritis, malaria and heavy bleeding during menstruation.
Studies show the bark of the root to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-diabetic and anti-tumor activity. Researchers have also found this herb improves the lipid profile.
How to Use Indian Barberry
Indian barberry may be used in the form of a decoction prepared from the root and stem. A preparation called Rasanjana or a milk extract of the herb may also be prepared from the roots and stems as well.
The accurate dosing of this fruit depends on several factors such as the age, health and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Indian barberry, which is why it is advised to speak to a doctor or herbal practitioner to help determine the appropriate dosing for you.
Side Effects of Indian Barberry
Tree turmeric is safe for use, but because of the berberine, it contains, it must not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women and should not be administered to newborns. Make sure to talk to your doctor before considering to use this fruit or its extracts to ensure that doing so will be beneficial for you.
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