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(Berberis asiatica)
Barberry (Indian)
(Berberis asiatica)

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Barberry (Indian)

Botanical: Berberis asiatica
Family: N.O. Berberiaceae

---Part Used---Root-bark.

The root-bark is light coloured, corky, almost inodorous, with a bitter, mucilaginous taste. It contains much Berberine, and a dark-brown extract is made from it employed in India under the name of 'Rusot.' This extract is sometimes prepared from the wood or roots of different species of Barberry. It has the consistency of opium and a bitter, astringent taste.

For Berberis aquifolium, see (MOUNTAIN) GRAPE.

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Bear in mind "A Modern Herbal" was written with the conventional wisdom of the early 1900's. This should be taken into account as some of the information may now be considered inaccurate, or not in accordance with modern medicine.

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