Berberis Aquifolium

Berberis Aquifolium

Berberis Aquifolium is an evergreen shrub of the Barberry family native to most temperate and sub-tropical regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America.

Berberis: Latin name: (Genus) Berberis; (Species) B. aquifolium.

Its common name, Oregon Grape, comes from the purple clusters of berries produced by the plant, which look like bunches of grapes.

Traditionally Berberis Aquifolium has been used, particularly by the Plateau Indians of North America and Western Canada, to treat dyspepsia and digestive health.

Being rich in the alkaloid berberine, this holly-leafed plant contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and has also been recognised for centuries for its soothing effects on indigestion and upset stomach.

In herbal medicine, Berberis Aquifolium is indicated for a variety of inflammatory skin conditions too, including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and other chronic skin complaints.

Indeed, Berberis Aquifolium is known as something of a cure-all when it comes to treating chronic skin diseases.

For further information on the properties and use of Berberis Aquifolium we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.