Oregon grape root / Berberis aquifolium
Habitat and Growing Conditions: Western US, dry
Pertinent Information: Cholagogue, alterative, anti-inflammatory. Rhizome and root. Used for liver problems, menstrual irregularities, skin diseases, arthritis, cancer. By enhancing the flow of bile through the liver the entire function of the liver is improved. Great for PMS when combined with cramp bark and ginger. Useful for abnormal discharges, including phlegm, etc.
Personal Experience: This has a more mild bitter flavor.
References: The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra, 173-174; A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieves, 369; Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss, 198