Barberry Root Bark Berberis vulgaris L.
Country of origin: Europe
Also known as European barberry or simply barberry, is a shrub in the genus Berberis. It produces edible but sharply acidic berries, which people in many countries eat as a tart and refreshing fruit.
The shrub is native to central and southern Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia; it is also naturalised in northern Europe, including the British Isles and Scandinavia, and North America. In the United States and Canada, it has become established in the wild over an area from Nova Scotia to Nebraska, with additional populations in Colorado, Idaho, Washington State, Montana, and British Columbia. Although not naturalised, in rural New Zealand it has been widely cultivated as a hedge on farms. It is cultivated for its fruits in many countries. Berries are edible but very sour, and rich in Vitamin C.
It is a bitter tonic which helps support healthy liver, gall bladder, gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, kidney and spleen function. It contains berberine (also found in goldenseal and Oregon grape root), a natural analgesic and anti-microbial and support a healthy immune system.
Safety: May interact with certain medications.