Oregon Mountain Grape
Biological Name: Berberis aquifolium, Berberidaceae
Other Names: Oregon Mountain Grape, wild Oregon grape, holly-leaved barberry, mahonia, California barberry, mountain grape
Parts Used: Rhizome and root
Active Compounds: Alkaloids of the isoquinoline type; berberine, berbamine, hydrastine, oxycanthine.
Remedies For: Alterative, cholagogue, laxative, anti-emetic, anti-catarrhal, tonic.
Oregon Grape is similar in action to Golden Seal and Barberry. If is mainly used in the treatment of chronic and scaly skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Also useful for stomach and gall-bladder conditions, especially where there is associated nausea and vomiting. As a laxative it may safely be used in chronic constipation.
Combinations : For skin problems it will combine well with Burdock Root, Yellow Dock and Cleavers. For gall-bladder problems it may be used with Black Root and Fringe Tree Bark.
Dosage:Decoction: Put 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the root in a cup of water, bring to boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Drink three times a day.
Tincture: 1-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.
Safety:No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.