Berberis chitria Lindl

Family ► Berberidaceae.

Habitat ► The Himalayas from Kashmir to Nepal, at altitudes of 1,500-2,400 m.

Ayurvedic ► Daaruharidraa (var.).

Action ► Same as that of Berberis aristata.

The root and stem bark contain alkaloids (5 and 4.2% respectively, calculated as berberine.)

The alcoholic extract of the roots was found to be better antimicrobial agent than the aqueous extract. The alkaloid palmitine hydroxide possesses an-tispermatogenic properties. See B. aristata and B. vulgaris. Berberis ulicina Hook, known as Khicharmaa in Tibet, is also equated with Daaruharidraa.

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