Berberine – Powerful Medicine for Modern Chronic Diseases

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Berberine may be the key to reducing the incidence of chronic diseases in future generations. By modifying genetics and gene expressions as well as decreasing inflammation and modulating a multitude of other physiological processes in the body, berberine shows promise in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease and cancer.

Berberine is an alkaloid found naturally in the roots of certain plants, including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, Oregon grape, and several others. As a bitter that affects the gut microbiome and mycobiome, it has the capacity to optimize immune function as well as treat gut infections.

Hundreds of recent studies have focussed on the benefits of Berberine in controlling plaque formation in heart disease, and blood sugar and insulin stabilization in diabetes type II. It can induce weight loss, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, improve memory, reduce amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s, and modulate cancer expression and disease progression in some of the most aggressive cancers. Berberine has been shown to be more effective than Metformin in treating insulin resistance, type II Diabetes, and high cholesterol without the side-effects associated with Metformin.

Research on colon cancer, glioblastoma, nasopharyngeal cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, hormone related cancers, and many others, have shown berberine to be a powerful inhibitor of cancer cell proliferation, cancer stem cells and cancer growth.

The research on berberine is just at it’s beginnings, demonstrating its benefits in reducing risks for many modern chronic disease. More importantly, the studies demonstrate its effects on modulating gene and genetic expression. Genetic modulation by berberine could mean that it may have the power to alter the prevalence of chronic disease in future generations as the current generations utilize this powerful herbal extract to modify and prevent disease processes. Your physician can run some tests to evaluate you for certain genes that not only predispose you to some of these chronic diseases but to check to see if Berberine will be an effective treatment for you.

Berberine is not necessarily for everyone as some adverse effects are possible. Berberine may cause nausea, diarrhea, and too low of a blood sugar in some people.

“The skillful physician does not give the same medicine to cure each disease and each malady, but he changes remedies and medicines according to the different necessities of the diseases and constitutions.”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Some Answered Questions, p 108)

Please consult your Holistique physician to see if berberine is the powerful medicine for you. Each person is unique and each requires a unique and individualized treatment.  Call Holistique 425-451-0404 for a consultation.

 

References:

  1.  Tatyasaheb Patil1 et al. Review Article *Author for Correspondence Is Berberine Superior to Metformin in Management of Diabetes Mellitus and its Complications?  www.ijppr.com International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical Research 2015; 7(3); 543-553 ISSN: 0975-4873
  2. Woo Sik Kim, Yun Sok Lee, Seung Hun Cha, Hyun Woo Jeong, Sung Sik Choe, Mi-Ran Lee, Goo Taeg Oh, Hye-Sun Park, Ki-Up Lee, M. Daniel Lane, Jae Bum Kim. Berberine improves lipid dysregulation in obesity by controlling central and peripheral AMPK activity. 

  3. Hong M1, Tan HY2, Li S3, Cheung F4, Wang N5, Nagamatsu T6, Feng YCancer Stem Cells: The Potential Targets of Chinese Medicines and Their Active Compounds.Int J Mol Sci. 2016 Jun 7;17(6). pii: E893. doi: 10.3390/ijms17060893.

  4. Jiarong Lana, b, 1,Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Meta-analysis of the effect and safety of berberine in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperlipemia and hypertension Volume 161, 23 February 2015, Pages 69–81 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2014.09.049

  5. Kazunori FukudaInhibition by berberine of cyclooxygenase-2 transcriptional activity in human colon cancer cell. Journal of Ethnopharmacology Volume 66, Issue 2, August 1999, Pages 227–233  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-8741(98)00162-7
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  9. Junwen Chen et al. Berberine derivatives reduce atherosclerotic plaque size and vulnerability in apoE−/− mice. Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:326 DOI: 10.1186/s12967-014-0326-7 https://translational-medicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12967-014-0326-7

     

 

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About the Author:

Dr. Darvish is a nationally and internationally recognized integrative and naturopathic physician and lecturer in the field of holistic, preventative, and anti-aging medicine and chronic disease. She is the founder and medical director of Holistique Medical Center and the Chief Medical Officer of Holistique Health Institute in Bellevue, Washington. A 1995 graduate of Bastyr University with a two-year residency certification, Dr. Darvish also holds medical Fellowships in Anti-Aging Medicine. Combining the science of western medicine with the wisdom of eastern medicine to transform lives from within, Dr. Darvish aspires to educate, inspire, treat, and assist every soul who crosses her path in their journey for optimum wellness. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her leadership and unique medical knowledge and healing capacities.
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