Extracts from plants, herbs and fruits are now used in a wide variety of concoctions
as treatment for various ailments. What used to be the main remedies for most ailments
of centuries ago are now making a sensational comeback in the field of medicine.
Among them is the Barberry. Used for a host of ailments such as liver and gall bladder
problems, blood impurities, indigestion and loss of appetite, Barberry is also known
to benefit people suffering from hemorrhoids.
What Is Barberry?
Barberry is a common garden plant, a deciduous bush that grows easily even on hard
less – fertile soil. It roots are yellow and taste bitter. The stems grow from 3
to 8 feet high and are reddish when young and turn gray when they mature. Its fruits
are bright red oblong berries when ripe. Its Spanish name is “verba de sangre” or
herb of the blood because of its reddish stem tips and bright red berries. It is
also known as blood purifier because it is used to treat blood impurities.
Barberry is know by many other names such as Oregon grape, holly grape, holly Berry,
California grape, mountain grape, holly – leaved barberry, trailing mahonia and just
What It Does For Hemorrhoids?
The bark of the roots of barberries is known to have mild antiseptic properties.
Extracts from the bark are thus used to clean the anal area affected with hemorrhoids.
It cleans the area and protects it against infection that might aggravate the already
swollen veins in the anal area that might have fissures where bacteria and other
microorganisms can enter.
When taken orally, barberry juice and fruit are very effective as a laxative. This
allows the digestive system to produce soft stools that are good for those who are
suffering from hemorrhoids.
How To Use?
To prepare an extract from the bark of the root, 1 pound of barberry root and a gallon
of distilled water is boiled under low fire until the bark goes off the flesh of
• Put the bark and the juice in a saucepan and add 3 pints of distilled water.
Boil it again down to one pint.
• Strain the liquid to purify it from the bark strips.
• This can be used as an astringent to clean the affected areas and can also be taken
orally as a digestive and laxative agent.
The fruits can also be made into a jelly or juice very much like what you do with
other berries in season. The jelly also has very good laxative properties that help
soften stools and rid your large intestines with toxins and other impurities. A clean
intestine and colon is very important in preventing hemorrhoids from occurring in
• Barberry extracts concentrate may cause stomach upset when used more than 2 weeks.
• Increased berberine intake (the enzyme with high concentration in the barberry
plant) may cause lethargy and kidney irritation when taken in megadoses.
However, when taken fresh as a fruit or juice, no side effects have been reported
and the danger of overdosing is highly improbable. Barberry may also interfere with
growing sperms and should not be taken by men with fertility issues.