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barberry

Herbal medicine
A deciduous shrub, the bark and fruit of which contain alkaloids (berberine, columbamine, oxyacanthine, palmatine and others), resin, starch and tannins; it is antibacterial, anticonvulsant, antiviral and vasodilatory; it has been used internally for anaemia, cholera, constipation, diarrhoea, gallstones, hangover, heartburn, hepatitis, hypertension, menstrual pains and splenomegaly, and topically for conjunctivitis, skin infections and sore throats.
 
Toxicity
It should not be used in pregnancy as berberine stimulates uterine contractions.

bar·ber·ry

(bahr'ber-ē)
(Mahonia vulgaris, Berberis aquifolium) Available in many forms (e.g., extract, infusion); purported uses include as an antidiarrheal, antipyretic, and as a cough suppressant. Potential toxicity in pregnancy.
Synonym(s): jaundice berry, Oregon grape, sowberry, wood sour.
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Note: You can find barberries at any Wafi gourmet shop, Lebanese or Iranian delicatessen.
Ingredients: 1 cup rice (the kind you have to soak a long time from a Iranian shop) water 1/2 cup dried barberries (found in Iranian shops) 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar 2 tablespoons saffron water (Persian Saffron Water) 5 tablespoons butter, divided 1/8 teaspoon advieh Persian mixed spice (Advieh - Persian Spice Mix) sea salt, to taste Directions: 1 Wash rice several times until water runs clear.
"Also, there are ingredients like barberries and dried limes, which I've been using for years, that are all coming into fashion now.