While I sympathize with the effect that the increased consumption of
Hydrastis is causing, and I certainly feel the financial pressure of using
it. I find clinically that it is hard to beat, especially as a mucous
membrane trophorestorative. For its use as an antibacterial agent then the
Berberis spp. are fine, especially Indian barberry, Berberis aristata,
which is very high in berberine. I was interested in hearing of the Berberis
plants being used for systemic bacterial infections. For GUT infections it
certainly works well but I have not used it for other sites such as chest,
Does anyone want to elaborate on infections treated with berberine
President National Herbalist Association of Australia
Wed, 5 Jun 1996
I have personally used Berberis nervosa for over a decade for numerous
infections other than those in the gastrointestinal tract. Today, as I was
sitting next to a
waterfall watching the rippling water and feeling the cool spray, I mused on
question from the other side of the globe.
1. Antibiotic resistant otitis media - EVERY case has cleared up, that is
uncomfortable little people don't need to drink that artificial cherry
flavored sugar crap I
grew up with. Usually adjunct with mullein flower oil externally in ear.
2. Any external bacterial infection moving inward, excellent results
3. Staph, excellent results
4. Abscessed tooth .. personal experience on me, excellent results
5. General colds and flus of bacterial origin - much better than Echinacea
general cold, in my opinion. If Echinacea is the light cavalry, then
Berberis is the heavy
6. Bronchitis - good results
7. Some types of pneumonia - some respond, some don't.
8. Cystitis, urethritis - mixed results, I generally go with other herbs
first and move to
Berberis in more stubborn cases.
9. I have not used Berberis for infections in the reproductive system, but I
not hesitate to try it.
Basically, if you were going to use Berberis as a "little drug," it would be
times when a broad spectrum antibiotic is indicated. Though the actual
effects are very different, the results are similar. Some other
antibacterial herbs may
work better for certain microbes, but if you are not sure which herb to use,
Berberis is a good starting place.
I am speaking about internal dosages of "root" rhizome tincture (not root
45 - 60 drops 3 - 4x a day. If it is going to work, there should be marked
immediately (or within 24 hrs).
Of course, this is a simplified view of a complex whole plant. It does
organs and systems besides, and may have a marked alterative effect also. Look at
the whole picture blah blah blah (pages of off topic stuff you already know
Somewhere in the back closet of my mind, I can see a page of research on
AIDS. It had a list of bacteria, including staph, that Berberis was
eliminating. Final results showed no effect on the AIDS itself, but good
results with the
treatment and management of many of the secondary infections. I've been
about that reference for a week, but cannot find it. Guess I'll go back to
and muse some more. Wake me up when another good internet post comes in.