Berberine is a supplement that is often used to alleviate some digestive symptoms. But it also serves other great functions. Do you suffer from adult acne because of hormonal issues, irregular cycles and more?
Are you tired of the negative side effects of using birth control pills for our PCOS condition? If so, you will want to know about this herb and its success in helping your condition.
- Berberine is an alkaloid that is found in and/or also known as: Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, Barberry, Yellow Root etc.
- It has been used in Japanese Kampo and other traditional natural medicine to treat skin conditions characterized by pus-filled lesions. Common homeopathic uses for barberry include both orally and topically for infection and psoriasis. Native Americans made extracts and herbal teas from barberry root to treat fever, diarrhea, acne, eczema, and cold sores.
- Berberine: An Alkaloid with Anti-Inflammatory, Antibacterial, and Hormonal Effects:
Barberry’s main bioactive constituent is the alkaloid berberine. Berberine exhibits anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and androgen-inhibiting properties. Preliminary studies show that it can inhibit the skin cell processes that form comedones in acne, and in animal model research, berberine suppressed sebum production by over 60%.
- Berberis aquafolium is an herb that has conventionally been used as an internal medicine for treating acne. The antibacterial compounds in this herb are also believed to reduce sebum production when used topically.
- Berberine has been found to inhibit the growth of Proprionobacterium acnes, the bacteria known to cause acne. The effective Japanese and Chinese traditional therapies for acne are known to utilize herbs which contain high amounts of berberine as a common factor.
- Goldenseal is one of the five top-selling herbal products in the United States. It is an effective antibacterial mainly due to its berberine content. Gobo root (aka burdock) also contains berberine. Use of these herbs can speed the healing of scars and prevent future outbreaks of acne.
- Berberine…has been found in previous studies of Type 2 diabetic patients to have hypoglycemic effects comparable to those of metformin at the same dosage (500 mg 3 times/day). In this current study of PCOS patients, berberine was associated with improvements in fasting glucose and various measures of insulin resistance that were comparable with metformin.
- Berberine’s insulin-sensitizing action on theca cells of the ovary has been demonstrated in vitro, by inducing insulin resistance with dexamethasone then treating with berberine, which reduced both defective glucose uptake and excessive testosterone production by the theca cells. This suggests a potential mechanism for the therapeutic effects on insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism seen in the PCOS study.
- With fewer side effects, comparable insulin-sensitizing effects, and greater potential for reduction of cardiovascular risk factors including waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, berberine may prove a wonderful alternative to metformin in optimizing the health outcomes of women with PCOS.
- Perhaps more importantly in terms of the long-term health risks associated with PCOS, studies demonstrated the superiority of berberine to metformin in reducing triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, and increasing HDL cholesterol, in PCOS patients.
- It is helpful for problems concerning the stomach and intestines and also affects the female reproductive system very well. With superb anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities, it is very useful for urinary and uterine problems, especially infections. It helps control uterine hemorrhaging.
If you have been through the the process of using acne drugs; antibiotics (tetracyclin, minocyclin, erythromicin, amoxicillin), retin-a, differin, azelex, duac, tazorac, benzaclin, pro-activ, spironolactone, metformin, and birth control pills, you may want to try Berberine.
Attempting to solve a lot of GI problems, you will be able to utilize this herb for its antibacterial properties.
In addition, you will want to clean up your diet by limiting carbs overall, but especially only eating whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, amaranth and not eating any refined sugars at all unless its the sugar from fruits. Going gluten free is also helpful, but still limiting your gluten free grains. Eating only organic fruit and vegetables to limit pesticide exposure is also important. You may have sweet potatoes but not white potatoes. You can try rice and quinoa pasta rather than wheat pasta.
Berberine has anti-androgenic properties, lowers blood sugar and regulates insulin, and kills the acne bacteria P. acnes.
If you would like to try a natural acne cream, I recommend Botani Rescue Acne Cream with Goldenseal to help stop sebum production. This product is organic but you will have to order from the internet. It is a European product.