Barberry (Indian)

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Barberry (Indian)

otanical: Berberis asiatica
Family: N.O. Berberiaceae Part Used: Root-bark.



The root-bark is light coloured, corky, almost inodorous, with a bitter, mucilaginous taste. It contains much Berberine, and a dark-brown extract is made from it employed in India under the name of 'Rusot.' This extract is sometimes prepared from the wood or roots of different species of Barberry. It has the consistency of opium and a bitter, astringent taste.

For Berberis aquifolium, see (MOUNTAIN) GRAPE.