Barberry root: medicinal properties


Barberry shrub is considered a healing plant. Not only fruits have useful properties, but also leaves, as well as plant roots. Medicinal properties and contraindications of the barberry root are used in folk medicine for more than one era. It is useful for modern people to know such information in order to apply the plant as a support for health.

Medicinal properties of barberry root

The root of the barberry is successfully used both in medicine and in cosmetology. The main healing properties of the root:

  • expectorant for various coughing diseases;
  • improves metabolism, promotes weight loss;
  • optimizes blood composition;
  • contributes to the normalization of the liver;
  • stops bleeding, including uterine;
  • normalizes blood pressure in hypertension;
  • relieves cold symptoms;
  • antimicrobial;
  • astringent, helps to stop diarrhea;
  • anti-inflammatory;
  • pain medication;
  • diuretic.

Used plant root in the treatment of pathologies of the liver, diabetes, gynecological diseases, for weight loss, with pancreatitis.

In the composition of decoctions and tinctures based on the root of the barberry there are tannins that contribute to the normalization of stool during indigestion.

Often used for cough for tuberculosis, significantly reduces the number of unpleasant symptoms.

Chemical composition

The main active substances found in the roots of barberry are isoquinoline alkaloids. There are about 10 of them in the roots. And also in the chemical composition are:

  • vitamins C and E;
  • tannins;
  • organic acids;
  • essential oil;
  • carotene.

Thanks to these substances, barberry and is good for health in many pathologies. But there are roots and its contraindications that must be considered before using popular recipes.

Raw Material Procurement Rules

For maximum effect, it is important to properly prepare the healing raw materials. The advantage of the root of the barberry is that it can be harvested at any time of the year, both in spring and autumn. It is optimal to collect the roots at a time when the shrub itself is at rest.

If you plan to leave the plant for subsequent harvesting, then you need to cut the root is not all and leave at least 15 cm in length. As well as experienced gardeners, who grow a lot of barberries on the site, there is an unspoken rule - to leave at least one plant on 10 meters completely intact.

After the root has been dug, it must be inspected and the rotted parts separated or infected by the disease. Do not wash the root before drying. For harvesting, it is sufficient to carefully pry the ground and cut it into pieces 10-15 cm long.

Drying of raw materials is possible in two ways: in a dryer at a temperature of 50 ° C or in fresh air, spreading it out in a thin layer on a flat surface. When using fresh air, it is important to cover the root pieces with gauze and stir it from time to time. Medicinal properties during drying are preserved to the maximum.

The use of barberry root

Useful properties of barberry root are used in a number of industries. This is medicine and cosmetology. Each industry has its own recipes for use. Traditional medicine is widely used rhizomes in the form of tinctures on water and alcohol, decoctions, and for external use - ointments and lotions. For medical use, it is recommended that you first consult with a specialist, especially in the presence of chronic pathologies. There are certain contraindications to the use of barberry roots. Medicinal properties for some patients may result in side effects, and therefore it is not necessary to experiment until contraindications have been studied.

In medicine

Most often, the healing properties of this product are used to maintain normal pressure, as a choleretic agent, as well as against diarrhea. But in any case, this is applied in parallel with conservative methods of treatment and on the advice of the attending physician.

In folk medicine, barberry rhizomes are used:

  • to strengthen the blood vessels;
  • with joint pathologies;
  • as a choleretic and diuretic;
  • as an anti-inflammatory agent;
  • against the toxicity of the body, cleans and removes toxins;
  • to increase blood clotting;
  • to reduce pressure;
  • as a beneficial agent for the liver and kidneys.

For each disease has its own formulations. In some pathologies, a decoction is used, but an alcohol tincture is perfect for reducing pressure. But this tincture should be used only after consulting a doctor and in a strictly defined dosage.

In cosmetology

Broths from the considered roots are a popular tool in cosmetology. They are used as a bleaching agent. Perfectly helps those who have freckles. When using a barberry root, freckles regularly become much paler, and the skin color evens out.

There are other methods of use:

  • hand baths, after which the skin becomes more tender;
  • remedies from the root of the barberry perfectly smooth the skin and fight wrinkles;
  • for soft hair and eliminate dandruff.

In cosmetology, decoctions, tinctures are used, and essential oils are sold in pharmacies. Many effective cosmetics have also been created on their basis.

How to use

Barberry root is used in traditional medicine in a variety of recipes. Both inside and outside the root has found its application. Decoctions and infusions are several varieties and a variety of additional ingredients. Most often, the use of a specific recipe depends on the pathology. In some diseases, it is more effective to take the decoction, and in others alcohol tincture. Medicinal properties for external use are disclosed in lotions and compresses.


There are several recipes with decoctions of barberry root. When bruises, rheumatism and pain should apply this version of the decoction:

  1. Half a teaspoon of root pour a glass of milk.
  2. Boil for half an hour.
  3. Filter out

Take this broth to 5 ml three times a day, if there is a dislocation, sprain or bruise.

If there are roots in the gall bladder, then the recipe looks like this:

  1. Put in a saucepan over a large spoonful of bark and barberry roots.
  2. Add 300 ml of water.
  3. Boil for half an hour.
  4. Cool and filter.
  5. Add boiled water to the original volume.

Take as a choleretic agent 50 ml 3 times a day.

There is a decoction for external use:

  1. Two and a half teaspoons of barberry root pour 300 ml of boiling water.
  2. Boil for 5 minutes.

This means you can douche women, rinse the gums with increased bleeding, use as lotions for wounds.

Alcohol tincture

Alcohol tincture is also used in a variety of situations. For bleeding, apply this tincture:

  1. 50 g of dried raw materials.
  2. Add 100 ml of alcohol.
  3. Insist for 18 days in a dark and cool place.
  4. Filter and take 30 drops 3 times a day.

There is a simpler recipe for making tinctures:

  1. Four spoons of raw materials.
  2. Half a glass of alcohol.
  3. Insist for two days.

Take 5 drops 3 times a day. Helps to reduce pressure. But in any case requires expert advice. Alcohol tincture is not recommended to take with a tendency to alcohol dependence.

Tincture on water

When bleeding effectively helps tincture on the water:

  1. Pour one and a half cups of boiling water 2-3 teaspoons of dried root.
  2. Boil a couple of minutes.
  3. Insist and strain.

Take every hour on a large spoon. The tool has healing properties and stops the blood, regardless of the cause.

You can mix the roots, branches and bark of barberry. In this case, you get an infusion for external use. Excellent result with sprains and sprains.

Boil a tablespoon in a glass of water for 15 minutes. Insist the hour and apply as compresses.

When hepatitis helps infusion cooked in a thermos:

  1. The roots of barberry in the amount of two tablespoons fall asleep in a thermos.
  2. Pour 400 ml boiling water.
  3. Insist.

Take 100 ml three times a day. The course of treatment is a month. The drug perfectly normalizes the liver and fights a viral infection.


The root has enough contraindications, as well as side effects. It is necessary to take into account and closely monitor the reaction of the body. Usually, the root of the barberry is not recommended to use chronic hypotension, because the product can reduce pressure. As a result, the patient may faint, feel dizzy. And also do not take dried root to pregnant women and those who have kidney disease. Climax and liver pathology are also contraindicated.

This tool may be individual intolerance. When using alcohol tinctures, it is recommended to accurately calculate the dosage in order to avoid other diseases and problems.

Side effects:

  • vasospasm;
  • blood clots;
  • muscle cramps;
  • constipation.

It is not necessary to offer infusions and decoctions based on the root to children, people with cirrhosis of the liver and thrombophlebitis. It is important to understand that the rhizome has an astringent property, and therefore in large quantities causes severe constipation. People who are prone to such problems, it is better not to use these recipes.

Chronic diseases can be treated with traditional medicine recipes only in parallel with traditional medicine and after consulting a doctor.

Terms and conditions of storage

Infusions and decoctions should be prepared literally for one day. Such funds should not be stored for a long time. Alcohol tinctures should be stored in a cool place, preferably in the refrigerator, and the bottle should be tightly sealed.

As for raw materials, the root should be folded after drying in a linen bag or in a plastic container. Store the product in a dry place away from sunlight.


The medicinal properties and contraindications of the barberry root are based on the rich chemical composition of this product. Dried root is used in shredded form both in medicine and in cosmetology. In the barberry all parts of the shrub have useful properties, but each of them is useful in its own way. It is important to properly prepare and apply a popular recipe so that the effect is really noticeable. Before taking a course of decoctions or tinctures, it is better to consult with a specialist. Pregnant women, children and hypotensive root, despite all the healing properties, it is better not to use.