Speaker: Paul Bergner, CN Wherever they are found, plants containing berberine and related isoquinoline-alkaloids are used in traditional systems of medicine as major topical and internal medicines. A body of research demonstrates the ability of these alkaloids to suppress or kill microbes and may validate their traditional topical applications. Research has also discovered synergistic constituents in several of these plants which potentiate the antimicrobial effects of the berberine. More recent research on concentrated forms of isolated berberine has demonstrated potential uses of these concentrates for diabetes and several other conditions. We review the research on the antimicrobial effects of the isolated alkaloids, as well as the whole plants in the genera Hydrastis, Berberis, Mahonia, Coptis, and Xanthorhiza. We then differentiate between applications of whole plant preparations and concentrated berberine compounds.
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Medicinal Uses of the Berberine-Containing Plants
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