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Herbs & Supplements «Oregon Grape Health Benefits and Information»

Oregon grape is an evergreen shrub found growing throughout the American northwest. While this plant is not actually a grape plant it is, however, grown in Oregon. Oregon grape is a close relative of the barberry plant and has many common medicinal uses and constituents.

Oregon grape was first used by native Americans in connection with a variety of conditions. The berries were used to relieve poor appetite and root of the plant was made into tea for relieving jaundice, arthritis, diarrhea, fever, and many other health problems.

Oregon grape's medicinal effects are due to alkaloids including berberine, berbamine, canadine, and hydrastine. The alkaloid berberine in particular may be responsible for Oregon grape's ability to treat diarrhea in people with E. coli and inhibit the ability of bacteria to attach to human cells, whereby preventing infection in the throat, intestines and urinary tract.

As an ointment applied topically, Oregon grape may be somewhat effective for reducing skin irritation, inflammation, and itching in people with mild to moderate psoriasis.

Dosage and Administration

As a tea, Oregon grape can be taken up to three times a day. The tea is prepared by boiling 1 to 3 teaspoons of Oregon grape root in a few cups using Oregon grape purchase an Oregon Grape extract composed of 10 Oregon grape extract.

A doctor should be consulted before using Oregon grape on a severe infection.