📒 Oregon grape - Berberis aquifolium syn. Mahonia aquifolium 📒. A strongly bitter-tasting herb from the Pacific northwest, Oregon grape has a long history as a digestive tonic and appetite stimulant. Over the last 20 years, evidence that supports its use in treating chronic skin disorders has grown..
Part used : Root
Key actions : Bitter tonic • Mild laxative• Skin cleanser..
Digestive disorders : Like its close
relative, barberry (Berberis vulgaris),
Oregon grape exerts a directly positive effect on the digestive system— inflammatory problems within the stomach or gall bladder, poor appetite, and indigestion are key indications for the herb..
Skin conditions: Oregon grape is most commonly used to treat chronic
inflammatory or infected skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The herb contains constituents known to slow down excessive skin growth and to have antibacterial and antifungal activity. Clinical trials have found berberis aquifolium.. 📒
It is best taken as Tincture, Decoction, Capsule. It is often used with Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)..
Cautions: Do not take during pregnancy and while breast-feeding.
Abundant in Oregon and northern
California, Oregon grape grows at
high altitudes in both the Rocky
Mountains and the Pacific coastal regions.
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