Barberry (Berberis lycium
) has been used in Indian folk medicine and traditional Chinese medicine since ancient times.
The main chemical component in barberry is berberine. Berberine is a nucleic acid-binding isoquinoline alkaloid with wide potential therapeutic properties.
Adding 20 g/kg of Berberis lycium
to your flocks diet may help improve immunity against Newcastle disease (ND)
and Infectious bursal disease (IBD)
as well as liver function.
Berberine, the main component of barberry showed to be effective at reducing the number of coccidian oocysts shed in the feces of infected chickens. Treated birds showed better weight gain and improved feed conversion, resulting from treatment.