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  Berberis L.
 
Scientific Name  Berberis L.
Family Name  Berberidaceae
Common Name  Barberry, Mahonia spp., Agrito
Photo link  http://www.swsbm.com/Images/New4-98/Berberis_fendleri-2.jpg
Studies on Diabetes 
Other Uses  Psoriasis (topical), gastroenteritis, antibiotic antiinflammatory. Berberine, one of the major constituents, is a cardiac and respiratory stimulant (NMCD; http://www.naturaldatabase.com/monograph.asp?mono_id=493&brand_id=, accessed 4/12/04).
Formulations used by  Informants  Commercially prepared hot infusion (Diabetil).
Phytochemistry  Isoquinone constituents including berberine, berbamine, columbamine, jatorrhizine, palmatine, and oxyacanthine (NMCD Accessed 4/12/04).
Potential Adverse  Effects  Gastrointestinal distress, renal inflammation, uterine stimulant, large doses of berberine can cause CNS disturbance, diarrhea, and vomiting (Johnson 2002).
Potential Medication  Interactions  No clinical medication interactions were found.
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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