Daruharidra, Berberis aristata also known as the Indian barberry is one of the best Ayurveda herbs which correct the metabolism, improves the liver function and nourishes the skin on deeper levels. 

Daruharidra corrects the metabolism it is very useful in all health problems related with liver; it maintains cholesterol in healthy limits and have a preventive role in diabetes mellitus and related problems. It is a nature anti dote for toxicities. It also rejuvenates the eyes and prevents formation of opacities in eyes.

Effect on Doshas: 

It has  Kapha  and  Pitta specifying effect on the other hand aggravates the Vata dosha.  

Ayurvedic Pharmacology of Daruharidra

Rasa Guna ViryaVipaka
Tikta, KatuLaghu, Rukhsa Ushna (Hot) Katu
  • It reduces inflammation or oedema, removes pain, cures and heals ulcers.
  • It used for eye diseases like conjunctivitis, the paste is applied around the eyes.
  • Rasanjan and rose water  can applied in the ears in earache or ear discharge.
  • Rasanjan is used in diseases of the mouth and throat, rasanjan is used for gargling. 
  • Chancroid ulcers, gotre, fistula, erysipelas are treated with Daruharidra paste.
  • Vaginal discharges are treated by the douche prepared from this herb. 
  • It is a blood purifier and haemostatic agent. 
  • This  is useful in uterine inflammations.
  • It is febrifuge and diaphoretic and is a prophylactic treatment for typhoid, hence it is useful in common fever and also in chronic fever. 
  • It causes sweating, is antipyretic and is useful in recurrent malaria. When malaria parasites hide in the liver, Quinine is not effective but it is very effective.
  • This is appetizer, liver stimulant, cholagogue but astringent. A larger dose is laxative. The fruit is very tasty and antidipsetic. Because of these actions It is a superior  medicine in agnimandya, dysentery, jaundice and other liver disorders.
Best Recommended Uses
Daruharidra powder is specially useful in eye diseases. It is said that Rasanjana which prepared from Daruharidra stem; can prevent and cure opacities from the eyes.
Doses and Useful Parts
Dose: The dose of Powder of stem is 3-6 gm while the decoction of its stem is taken in dose of 5-10ml.


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