Uses: Found from New England to Virginia.
Native Americans used
the root to dye fabrics, buckskin and baskets yellow.
They also used Barberry
bark tea to treat ulcers, sores, rheumatism and heartburn as well
as the early stages of tuberculosis and to treat some of the symptoms
Fresh juice of the berries
was applied to the gums to treat pyorrhea and the bark tea was used
as a mouthwash for general irritations and inflammations.
Because Barberry causes
the blood vessels to dilate, it lowers blood pressure. Famous as
'the old woman's friend,' it had a general use as a tonic. Because
it improves the appetite as well, it was used to treat convalescents.
The juice of the berries
can be effective in the treatment of diarrhea