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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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Berberis lycium commonly known as Barberry is the member of the genus Berberis belongs to family Berberidaceae (Sabir et al., 2013).
Evaluation of Berberis vulgaris Extract Cytotoxicity against Normal Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs).
Berberis glaucocarpa Stapf was collected from Azad Kashmir Pakistan during flowering period and was identified by Professor Dr.
Berberis is a large genus which belongs to the family Berberidaceae and includes over 400 species, such as Berberis aquifolium (Oregon grape), Berberis aristata (Indian barberry), Berberis thunbergii (red barberry), Berberis vulgaris (barberry) and Berberis orthobotrys (named "ishkeen" in Pakistan).
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Ajmal Shah pointed out that during this study, in vitro anthelmintic as well as antiurolithiatic effects were assessed in both aqueous Berberis lycium root bark extracts i.e.
Two-week consumption of different doses of Berberis integerrima fruits extract did not induce significant alteration in heart rate and also RR interval, P duration, and Q amplitude of ECG in rat.
Furthermore, our findings could explain the protective effects of the species of Berberis aetnensis C.
Berberis, whether deciduous or evergreen, are easy to grow in sun or semi-shade and make good informal hedges or filler plants, while their more compact varieties also do well in pots.
Recent research has suggested that Berberis vulgaris fruits have an important role for human health and nutrition.
The homology of both spiny and foliage leaves in Berberis has long been controversial.