By User:MPF - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
By User:MPF – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,



Barberry is used in food and drink products including juice, jam, and jelly. It’s root bark contains berberine, which is used to treat a variety of infections including ear, eye, mouth, throat, staph, strep, yeast, and bladder infections.


The barberry plant contains alkaloids that have been found to have the following beneficial properties:

  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antioxidant
  • antidiarrheal


Barberry may not be beneficial to individuals with hypersensitivity to M. aquifolium.

Barberry may cause itching, redness, or burning when used topically by individuals with hypersensitivity.

Pregnant or lactating females should avoid barberry use.

Barberry may be poisonous in large quantities. Symptoms of poisoning are lethargy, stupor, daze, diarrhea, vomiting, and nephritis.

Other Names

Berberis vulgaris, Mahonia aquifolium, Oregon grape, Oregon barberry, Oregon grapehoilly, trailing mahonia, berberis, jaundice berry, woodsour, sowberry, Pepperidge bush, sourspine




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