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Reddish fruits droop down, greenish-yellow flowers, oval shaped leaves. Contains berberine, an anti-bacterial that fights infection and increases white blood cell count. Berries and roots most common parts used. Berry tea is diuretic, laxative and expectorant. Root bark tea is antiseptic blood cleanser used to clean liver for jaundice, hepatitis, bile production. Also astringent to stop bleeding and hemorrhaging, diarrhea, arthritis. Used for high blood pressure, ulcers, cholera, diarrhea, painful periods, stress, lowers blood pressure and slows breathing. Stimulates gall bladder, liver. Do not use during pregnancy. Because it contains so many strong compounds, don’t overdo it.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz