What is Berberis Aristata?
Daru Haldi botanical name is Berberis Aristata, some common names are Indian barberry, chutro, tree turmeric, Indian Aloe, and Daru Haridra. It is distributed in temperate and sub-tropical parts of Asia, Europe, and America, Nilgiris, and Kulu-Kumaon regions of the Himalayas. Berberis Aristata is a large thorny shrub with yellow wood and whitish or pale grey branches.
This herb is mentioned in ancient books of Ayurveda, for its various medicinal properties to treat a variety of diseases.
Berberis Aristata Roots
The dried roots of the plants constitute the drug. The chief constituent of the drug is berberine and a bitter alkaloid. The two alkaloid chlorides, namely palmatine chloride and a mixture of palmatine and berberine chlorides have also been isolated from the plant.
Berberis Aristata Leaves
The leaves are dark green, simple, obovate, or elliptic, simple spiny, toothed, and leathery, and arranged in tufts of 5-8. The plant's leaves are used in Ayurveda for the treatment of inflammation, menorrhagia, diarrhea, and skin problems.
Berberis Aristata Flowers
They are yellow with 11 to 16 flowers per raceme, the flowering starts in mid-March and lasts throughout April month.
What are the Benefits of Berberis Aristata?
Berberis Aristata has been made official in the Pharmacopoeia of India, it contains antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, immunomodulatory, anti-diabetic, and anti-depressant properties. In Ayurveda, the medicinal system Berberis Aristata is used to treat dysentery, wound healing, skin disease, inflammation, diarrhea, jaundice, menorrhagia, and eye diseases.
Let’s check out the health benefits of Berberis Aristata
For Eye Disorder
Berberis Aristata is highly beneficial in treating eye disease, it is used as an ointment and applied externally on eyelids to cure ophthalmia and another eye disease.
It is as valuable as quinine in malaria fever. It is particularly useful in reliving pyrexia and checking the return of paroxysms of intermittent fevers.
It is very useful in the treatment of menorrhagia; it helps to lock any excessive blood loss during the monthly periods.
Berberis Aristata is useful to fight against various infections, because of its antimicrobial property it helps to treat infections caused by microbes in males and females. It also helps to treat female urinary tract infections.
It has the anti-diabetic property that helps to trigger the extra formation of insulin and helps to maintain diabetes.
For Skin Disorder
It is extensively used in the treatment of skin problems like acne, pimples, and scars. It is also effective for ulcers and sores. It is a natural cleanser that helps in the cicatrization or formation of the scar over the wound.
For Stomach Disorder
It is a popular remedy for diarrhea, dysentery, and other stomach disorder in many parts of North India. It is also effective in the treatment of cholera.
How to use Indian Aloe / Berberis Aristata?
Berberis Aristata is useful in restoring the disordered processes of nutrition to normal. It helps open the natural ducts or pores of the body, arrests bleeding, and induces copious perspiration despite its astringent properties. Anti-tubercular activity has also been attributed to this herb.
Dosage and uses depend upon the health problems and conditions or as recommended by an Ayurvedic doctor. The general recommended dosage is 3-6 grams of Berberis Aristata daily once a day.
Here are some dosages and uses of Berberis Aristata
- Take a decoction of Berberis Aristata root 25-75 grams twice a day, helps to treat fever.
- Take 13-25 grams of Berberis Aristata root powder with water, helps to treat Menorrhagia.
- Take 30-40 grams of Berberis Aristata root powder with water, helps to treat piles.
- Take 15-20 grams of Berberis Aristata root powder and mix with rose water, apply it to the infected area of the skin, which helps to treat skin disorders.
- Take 1 tsp of Berberis Aristata root powder with water after meal twice a day, helps to keep maintain blood sugar on track.
Side Effects of Daru Haldi
All Ayurveda herbs are plant-based, and they don’ have any side effects but they may react with some allopathy or homeopathy medicine. It is better to consult the doctor if you are on any medications or have unique health issues.
Some side effects are mentioned below
- Consult the doctor if you are breastfeeding.
- Do not take without a doctor’s prescription if you are pregnant.
- If you are on diabetes or on hypertension medication. Consult first the doctor before consuming.
- Berberis Aristata may interact with other allopathy medicines, consult the doctor before starting Berberis Aristata.
- The right dosage is very important for Berberis Aristata, overdosage may cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and dangerous drops in blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing.
Berberis Aristata Detox Tea Recipe
This herbal tea is very helpful to detox the body and secretes the toxins from the body and keeping you fit and healthy. Berberis Aristata Detox Tea Recipe
- Berberis Aristata Root Powder – 1 tsp
- Ginger Powder – ½ tsp
- Cinnamon – ¼ tsp
- Green Tea -1 tsp
- Honey – ½ tsp (optional)
- Nutmeg Powder – ¼ tsp
- Holy Basil Leaf Powder – ½ tsp
- Terminalia Bellirica Powder – ½ tsp
- Water – 1 ½ cup
- Take a pan and boil water, then add all the ingredients except honey.
- Boil for 2-3 minutes.
- Strain in a cup with help of a tea filter.
- Add honey and drink hot.
Berberis Aristata Herbal Face Pack
This face pack is very helpful to treat acne, pimple, and scar.
- Berberis Aristata Root Powder – 1 tsp
- Neem Leaf Powder – 1 tsp
- Rose Petals Powder – ½ tsp
- Honey – ½ tsp
- Orange Peel Powder – 1 tsp
- Take a bowl and add all the ingredients, mix them well and make a paste with help of water.
- Clean your face and apply the pack to your face.
- Keep the pack on the face for 10-15 minutes, then wash it with normal water.
- If you have sensitive skin, then try a small patch first.