Botanical Name: Berberis vulgaris
- English: Common Barberry, True Barberry, Indian Barberry
- Ayurvedic: Daruharidraa, Daruharidra
- Unani: Darhald
- Also, known as: Chatrod, Kashmal, Darvi, Daruhuladur, Manupasupu, Gangeti, Daruhalidi, Daruhalad, Varatiumanjal, Sumalu, Maramanjal, Daruhaladi,Daruhaldi, Maramannal, Maradarishana, Maradarishina, Katamkateri
Habitat: North Western Himalayas
Parts Used: Bark
Barberry is an erect, spinous, deciduous shrub usually 1.8 -3.6 meters in height found in the Himalaya ranges at an elevation of 1000-3000 meters and in the Nilgiri Hills in South India. Bark is around 0.4 -0.8 cm thick, pale yellowish brown, soft closely and rather deeply furrowed, rough, brittle. The bark is gray having sharp spines at nodes and the inner wood is yellow. The arched hanging branches have clusters of leaves that are small, toothed, ovate, alternate, dull green above and grayish below. Leaves on young sprouts are spiny. Yellow flowers are perfect, half inch long, occur in drooping racemes 1 - 2 inches long and have an unpleasant odor. Flowers give way to small oblong berries that are scarlet red to purple. They contain 1-3 small, black seeds. Common barberry spread by seed and by vegetative expansion.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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