Syn.—Berberis, Oregon grape.
N. H.—Pacific coast states, U. S. A.
Properties: Alterative, tonic, anti syphilitic, slightly laxative and diuretic.
Use: In disordered conditions of the blood and especially skin diseases due to above, such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, pityriasis, chronic dermatosis, scald head, salt rheum, etc. It removes pimples and roughness of the skin, promoting a soft and natural skin in sensitive young ladies if the cause is not from irritation in the reproductive organs. It acts favorably on the liver and is a good tonic. A valuable remedy in syphilis, especially if combined with other alteratives. As a general tonic, to improve appetite and digestion and to purify the blood it is one of our best remedies. In uterine troubles it acts as a general and local tonic, overcoming relaxed and weakened condition. In skin diseases it acts best in those of a dry and scaly nature, but is of benefit in other forms as well. We also think of it in chronic hepatitis, acute Bright's disease, phthisis, coughs, dyspepsia, chronic throat troubles, etc., in conjunction with or alternated with other indicated remedies.
The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.