Sanskrit: Dáruharidrá, Dáruhaldí
Latin: Berberis vul- garis Linn.
Part Used: Berries
Habitat: Found throughout the
Himalayas, Nepal, Tibet, Afghanistan
Energetics: Bitter, astringent-hot-pungent PK- V+ Tissues: Blood, fat, plasma
Systems: Circulatory, digestive
Action: Diuretic, antibilious, refrigerant, sto- machic, bitter tonic, antiperiodic, alterative, anti- pyretic
Uses: For bile and urinary conditions, Pitta detoxi- fication, and congestion of abdomen and pelvic cavities; rheumatism, scarlet fever, brain disorders, heat, thirst, nausea; small amounts— tonic; large doses—purgative; excellent herb for jaundice, dur– ing pregnancy, mild laxative, periodic neuralgia, fevers, skin diseases, vomiting in pregnancy; fruit mild laxative/purgative for children, fevers, blood purifier, malaria, gastric and duodenal ulcers; sores, jaundice, enlarged liver and spleen, and regulates liver functioning, diabetes, and toxins/áma (with twice as much turmeric); destroys toxins, reduces body fat (with turmeric); renal calculi, abdominal and pelvic congestion; G.I. stimulant, reduces blood pressure.
Precautions: High Váyu, tissue deficiency Preparation: Decoction, powder, eyewash, medi- cated ghee, paste