Also indexed as:Berberis vulgaris, Indian Barberry
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Berberine has been reported to interfere with normal liver function in infants, raising a concern that it might worsen jaundice.29 For this reason, berberine-containing plants, including barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape should be used with caution during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Strong standardized extracts may cause stomach upset and should be used for no more than two weeks continuously. Other symptoms of excessive berberine intake include lethargy, nose bleed, skin and eye irritation, and kidney irritation.30
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