Alcaloïde de Berbérine, Berberina, Berbérine, Berberine Alkaloid, Berberine Complex, Berberine Sulfate, Sulfate de Berbérine.<br/><br/>
Overview InformationBerberine is a chemical found in several plants including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, Oregon grape, phellodendron, and tree turmeric.
Berberine is most commonly taken by mouth for diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Some people apply berberine directly to the skin to treat burns and canker sores.
How does it work?Berberine might cause stronger heartbeats. This might help people with certain heart conditions. Berberine might also help regulate how the body uses sugar in the blood. This might help people with diabetes. It also might also be able to kill bacteria and reduce swelling.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Canker sores. Research shows that applying a gel containing berberine can reduce pain, redness, oozing, and the size of ulcers in people with canker sores. Diabetes. Berberine seems to slightly reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Also, some early research suggests that taking 500 mg of berberine 2-3 times daily for up to 3 months might control blood sugar as effectively as metformin or rosiglitazone.
- High cholesterol. There is early evidence that berberine can help lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol. Taking 500 mg of berberine twice daily for 3 months seems to reduce total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with high cholesterol.
- High blood pressure. Taking 0.9 grams of berberine per day along with the blood pressure-lowering drug amlodipine reduces systolic blood pressure (the top number) and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) better than taking amlodipine alone in people with high blood pressure.
- An ovary disorder known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Research suggests that berberine can lower blood sugar, improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reduce testosterone levels, and lower waist-to-hip ratio in women with PCOS. In some women with PCOS, the drug metformin is prescribed to prevent diabetes from developing. Some research shows that berberine can lower blood sugar levels similar to metformin, but berberine seems to improve cholesterol levels better than metformin.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Burns. Early research suggests that applying an ointment that contains berberine and beta-sitosterol can treat second-degree burns as effectively as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine.
- Congestive heart failure (CHF). Early research suggests that berberine can reduce some of the symptoms and lower the death rate in some people with congestive heart failure.
- Diarrhea. Some early research suggests that taking 400 mg of berberine sulfate can decrease diarrhea in people with certain bacterial infectionsE. coli infection or cholera. Also, taking 150 mg of berberine hydrochloride three times per day seems to speed up recovery time for people with diarrhea when added to some standard treatments. Berberine seems to help treat diarrhea in infants and children similar to some antibiotics or probiotics. However, berberine does not seem to enhance the effects of the antibiotic tetracycline in treating diarrhea related to cholera infection.
- Glaucoma. Early research suggests that using eye drops containing berberine and tetrahydrozoline for does not reduce eye pressure in people with glaucoma better than eye drops containing tetrahydrozoline alone.
- Stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection. Early research suggests that taking berberine is more effective than the drug ranitidine at eliminating H. pylori infection. However, berberine seems less effective at healing ulcers in people with stomach ulcers due to H. pylori.
- Hepatitis. Early research suggests that berberine decreases blood sugar, blood fats called triglycerides, and markers of liver damage in people with diabetes and hepatitis B or C.
- Menopausal symptoms. Early research suggests that taking a combination of berberine and soy isoflavones can reduce menopausal symptoms. However, it’s not clear if berberine reduces menopausal symptoms if used alone.
- Metabolic syndrome. Early research suggests that berberine reduces body mass index (BMI), systolic blood pressure (the top number), blood fats called triglycerides, and blood sugar levels in people with metabolic syndrome. It also seems to improve insulin sensitivity. Other early research suggests that taking a combination product containing berberine, policosanol, red yeast rice, folic acid, coenzyme Q10, and astaxanthin improves blood pressure and blood flow in people with metabolic syndrome.
- Liver disease not caused by alcohol. Early research suggests that berberine reduces fat in the blood and markers of liver damage in people with diabetes and liver disease not caused by alcohol.
- Obesity. Early research suggests that taking berberine can reduce weight in obese people by about 5 pounds.
- Osteoporosis. Early research suggests that taking berberine together with vitamin D3, vitamin K, and a chemical found in hops can decrease bone loss in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Its not known if berberine is beneficial if taken by itself.
- Injuries caused by radiation. Some early research suggests that taking berberine during radiation therapy can reduce the occurrence and severity of some injuries caused by radiation in patients being treated for cancer.
- Low blood platelet counts (thrombocytopenia). Blood platelets are important for blood clotting. Early research suggests that taking berberine either alone or with prednisolone, can increase the number of blood platelets in people with low blood platelet counts.
- Trachoma. There is some evidence that eye drops containing berberine might be useful for treating trachoma, a common cause of blindness in developing countries.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyBerberine is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults for short-term use when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Children: It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to give berberine to newborns. It can cause kernicterus, a rare type of brain damage that can occur in newborns who have severe jaundice. Jaundice is yellowing of the skin caused by too much bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a chemical that is produced when the old red cells break down. It is normally removed by the liver. Berberine may keep the liver from removing bilirubin fast enough.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to take berberine by mouth if you are pregnant. Researchers believe berberine can cross the placenta and might cause harm to the fetus. Kernicterus, a type of brain damage, has developed in newborn infants exposed to berberine.
It’s also LIKELY UNSAFE to take berberine if you are breast-feeding. Berberine can be transferred to the infant through breast milk, and it might cause harm.
Diabetes: Berberine can lower blood sugar. Theoretically, berberine may cause blood sugar to become too low if taken by diabetics who are controlling their blood sugar with insulin or medications. Use with caution in people with diabetes.
High bilirubin levels in the blood in infants: Bilirubin is a chemical that is produced when the old red blood cells break down. It is normally removed by the liver. Berberine may keep the liver from removing bilirubin fast enough. This can cause brain problems, especially in infants with high levels of bilirubin in the blood. Avoid using.
Low blood pressure: Berberine can lower blood pressure. Theoretically, berberine might increase the risk of blood pressure becoming too low in people who already have low blood pressure. Use with caution.
Do not take this combination
Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) interacts with BERBERINE
The body breaks down cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) to get rid of it. Berberine might decrease how fast the body breaks down cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune). This might cause there to be too much cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) in the body and potentially cause side effects.
Be cautious with this combination
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates) interacts with BERBERINE
Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver.<br><nb>Berberine might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking berberine along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking berberine, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver.<br><nb>Some medications changed by the liver include cyclosporin (Neoral, Sandimmune), lovastatin (Mevacor), clarithromycin (Biaxin), indinavir (Crixivan), sildenafil (Viagra), triazolam (Halcion), and many others.
- For diabetes: 0.9 to 1.5 grams of berberine has been taken in divided doses daily for 2-4 months.
- For high cholesterol: 0.6 to 1.5 grams of berberine has been taken in divided doses daily for 2-12 months. Combination products containing 500 mg of berberine, 10 mg of policosanol, and 200 mg of red yeast rice, along with other ingredients, have been taken daily for 2 to 12 months.
- For high blood pressure: 0.9 grams of berberine has been taken daily for 2 months.
- For an ovarian disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): 500 mg of berberine has been taken three times per day for 3 months.
- Canker Sores: Gel containing 5 mg of berberine per gram has been applied four times per day for 5 days.
The appropriate dose of berberine depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for berberine in children. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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