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CHITRAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY

Young leaves are collected in March and are crushed in a mortar or plain stone (desu). The paste thus obtained is mixed with soup (kali) and is given to the patient of chronic fever. Ripen fruits are collected and the juice is extracted by crushing the fresh fruits in a vessel. Then the juice is filtered through a muslin cloth and stored in bottles. This juice is used as blood purifier and is sometimes added to a kali and used against fever. Root of barberry (clzowenj) is considered to be the most effective part of the plant. Roots are dug out, cleaned and chopped into small pieces and boiled in water for 2-4 hours. Then the decoction is stored in bottles and is given to the patient of backache and boils. When the decoction is further boiled for 8 hours you may get a thickened paste locally called "gholja". From this gholja small tablets are made and are given to patients of urinary tract infection (UTI) twice a day up to 3 consecutive days. Eggs and butter should be included in the diet. According to a local healer, Laghal Khan, the barberry roots should be collected from wild barberry plant not from irrigated field. The reason for this was that in irrigated fields the root may get more water and the concentration of the active ingredient in the root may become low and less effective as compare to wild barberry.

Local Name Chowenj
Botanical Name Berberis vulgaris
Part used Leaves, fruit and root
Locally used for Meh Chomique (backache), body pain, blood purifier, chronic fever, Kuchai (boils) and urinary tract infection (UTI)