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Liver and herbs

Liver and herbs:In its history, this shrub is native to Europe, and naturalized in Asia. 
 The North Americans Indians used Barberry for treating the liver. The Indians also found that to drink a prepared decoction from the root bark could restore the body from general debility and improve the appetite.
 Physicians found that Barberry relieves jaundice and diseases of the liver and gall bladder because it increases the secretion of bile. Barberry contains Berberine an alkaloid that dilates blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. A tea made from the bark is taken during the spring months as a blood purifier. Berberine is a strong antiseptic that is also found in Golden Seal. 
 A strong decoction is employed as an application to sore lips and to heal a sore throat when used as a gargle and mouthwash. The Berberine in Barberry can also effect respiration where it can reduce bronchial constriction and care for the mucous membranes.
Webster declares it of value in jaundice when there is no obstruction of the bile ducts, and in doses short of purgative stimulates the duodenal functions relieving intestinal dyspepsia. Small doses are also palliative in renal calculi, and in soreness, burning, and other unpleasant sensations of the urinary tract.

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