In the Indian culture, there is a widespread use of folk medicine in the treatment of some illnesses. Some of the illnesses treated using folk medicine include diarrhea and cold. One of the folk remedies used in the treatment of these illnesses is barberry, which the Indian culture has used for many centuries. Some of the medicinal uses of barberry include treatment of fever, diarrhea as well as stomach upset. Barberry proves to be crucial while treating childhood diarrhea which may emanate from food poisoning. This remedial medicine relieves the symptoms of children suffering from diarrhea more than antibiotics. Traditional medical practitioners propose that barberry should be used alone and not with other antibiotics, especially when treating diarrhea and cold. This way, the herb becomes more effective than when used together with other antibiotics.
In my opinion, I cannot use the same remedy on my children because of the various side effects associated with its use. For example, barberry can have serious medical implications, especially while used with other medications. In addition, the use of barberry without the supervision of health care providers may have serious implications on the person taking the herb. Another reason why this herb should not be used for children is because it causes vomiting as well as nose bleeding, especially when there it is taken in high doses. Moreover, chemicals found in barberry such as berberine may affect liver functioning in children.
Folk remedies can be considered immensely benefitial and considerably valuable when used to treat illnesses. Folk remedies should be used more often than medicines since they contain fewer chemicals. As such, the side effects of herbal remedies are fewer than those of modern medicine. However, there should be scrutiny of persons using herbal remedies by medical practitioners.