Oregon Grape root
I wondering if it is alright to use Oregon Grape root as an anti-fungal for long periods of time (3 or more weeks)?
What is Oregon Grape root used for?
The herb Oregon Grape root (Berberidaceae species) contains berberine alkaloids and is specifically indicated for a sluggish gastrointestinal system, respiratory tract and infectious conditions. Due to its wide range of therapeutic effects Oregon Grape root may be used beneficially for the following conditions:
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Gastroenteritis (inflammation of the mucus membranes of the stomach)
- Infectious conditions of the stomach and intestines
- Liver congestion
- Fungal infections
- Gall Bladder inflammation
- Skin conditions e.g. psoriasis, eczema and acne
Botanical actions of Oregon Grape root
- vulnerary (healing)
- mild laxative
Can I take Oregon Grape root for a long time?
It is recommended to take a break from all herbal medicines occasionally, it is also recommended to speak to your Health care practitioner in regards to any natural remedies you are considering taking. The reason for a break from this herb is due to the astringent (alkaloids) Berberine content of the herb which when taken for long periods of time can alter the digestive secretions.
The environment within the colon and digestive tract is a sensitive area and needs the correct balance of beneficial bacteria to maintain health. When there is a dramatic increase in detrimental bacteria then health conditions become present. By reducing these nasty bacteria with herbs such as Oregon Grape root this killing off of the bacteria results in an increase in the friendly bacteria and better health. The Berberine component of this herb may help to improve the health of the colon due to it having a positive effect on increasing beneficial bacteria and reducing inflammation and improving tone of the gastrointestinal tract.