The berberine alkaloid can be found in the roots, rhizomes, stem, and bark of the plants. Berberine-containing plants are used medicinally in many traditional medical systems, including Ayurvedic herbal and Chinese herbal medicine.

Research is showing berberine is useful for fungal, candida, yeast, parasites, bacterial and viral infections. Berberine extracts and decoctions have demonstrated antimicrobial activity against a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoans, helminths, and chlamydia. Currently, the predominant clinical uses of berberine include bacterial diarrhea, intestinal parasite infections, and ocular trachoma infections.

Berberine has been tested in diabetes, prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and leukemia with many potentially exciting results.

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