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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Barberry (BERBERIS VULGARIS)

This anti-microbial berberine is famous for its use as an anti-bacterial.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

This anti-microbial berberine is famous for its use as an anti-bacterial.

SUGGESTED USE

1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines

Biocharacteristics of Barberry

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Affinity: Immune System, Liver Gallbladder
Family: Berberidaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Barberry
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Anticholinergic

ANTICHOLINERGIC

Anticholinergic herbs block the action of acetylecholine. This affecgs many systems of the body, including relaxing smooth muscle spasms and dilating bronchial tubes. Many anticholinergic herbs are nightshades that can be fatal if used incorrectly.

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Adrenal Tonic

ADRENAL-TONIC

Strengthens, supports, or increases output of adrenals.

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Antimicrobial

STRONG ANTIMICROBIAL

An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.

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Antipyretic

STRONG ANTIPYRETIC

Reduces a fever / febrifuge.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Antibacterial

ANTIBACTERIAL

Herbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.

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Refrigerant

STRONG REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Beta Adrenergic Blocker

BETA-ADRENERGIC-BLOCKER

Sedates the stympathetic nervous system. Used to calm the heart, manage abnormal heart rhythms, and reduce high blood pressure.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Constituents:
Berberine

BERBERINE

A bitter compound having strong chologogue, alterative, and anti-microbial properties. Lowers dopamine.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Barberry

Turmeric Root (Fresh)

Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Antimicrobial, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Adrenal-tonic, Antibacterial

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Rose Petals

Rose Petals has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Antimicrobial, Refrigerant, Antipyretic

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Aloe Vera Juice / Gel

Aloe Vera Juice / Gel has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Antimicrobial, Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Antibacterial

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Antipyretic, Alterative, Cholagogue, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Antibacterial, Alterative, Antimicrobial

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Endive

Endive has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Alterative, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory

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Chicory Lettuce

Chicory Lettuce has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Alterative, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory

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Burdock Root (Gobo)

Burdock Root (Gobo) has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Alterative, Cholagogue

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Cranberry

Cranberry has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial

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Pomegranate

Pomegranate has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Alterative, Refrigerant

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Alterative, Refrigerant

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Barberry

Guluchyadi Kashayam

Guluchyadi Kashayam has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Cholagogue, Refrigerant

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Neem Leaf

Neem Leaf has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Cholagogue, Refrigerant, Alterative

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Goldenseal

Goldenseal has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Cholagogue

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Dandelion Root

Dandelion Root has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Cholagogue, Refrigerant

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Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam)

Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam) has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Cholagogue

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Echinacea

Echinacea has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Refrigerant

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Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)

Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common

Adrenal-tonic, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Refrigerant

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Refrigerant, Adrenal-tonic, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial

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Wormwood

Wormwood has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Antimicrobial, Antipyretic, Cholagogue, Refrigerant

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Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antipyretic, Cholagogue, Refrigerant

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Barberry may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Alterative: Anything that strengthens or cleanses the liver can clear drugs mroe quickly, requiring a higher dose.
  • Cholagogue: Anything that strengthens or cleanses the liver can clear drugs mroe quickly, requiring a higher dose.

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