We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Oregon Grape?

By Misty Amber Brighton
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Oregon grape is a shrub that usually has leathery dark green leaves and purple or blue clusters of berries. It is normally found in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, as well as in the province of British Columbia in Canada. The Plateau Indian tribe is thought to have used this plant for relief of indigestion. It is also sometimes used as a cancer preventative and as an antibiotic.

The plant forms purple or blue berries, in clusters, on its branches. These berries are normally surrounded by pointy, dark green leaves that are thick, tough, and shiny. The clusters can sometimes resemble bunches of grapes. The bush can grow to anywhere from three to 13 feet (.91 to 3.96 m) in height.

Plateau Indians are often credited with first using the Oregon grape for medicinal purposes. It is thought that this tribe used the berries to treat various forms of stomach upset. Some of these digestion problems may have included bloating, nausea, heartburn, excess stomach acid, and occasionally even ulcers.

The juice of the Oregon grape is sometimes very effective in treating stomach disorders because it is thought to help increase the production of bile. This can occasionally stimulate a sluggish digestive system and aid in cleansing the gall bladder. It may also be beneficial in softening stools and relieving symptoms of constipation.

This berry might be effective as a cancer preventative. It can sometimes work as an antioxidant to remove free radicals or cancer-causing agents from the body. It is thought to be especially beneficial in treating cancers of the liver and large intestine, partly due to the fact that it is also believed to be effective in cleansing these two organs.

Oregon grape contains an ingredient called berbamine. This substance is considered by its proponents to be good for bone marrow. Some people also believe that berbamine can help ease the suffering of patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment for a variety of cancers.

This plant is also said to help ward off infections, and might be a very effective antibiotic. It is often used homeopathically instead of goldenseal root, an endangered plant, to ward off infections like the common cold. It is also thought to be able to kill bacteria that may be resistant to other antibiotic medicines.

People who use Oregon grape may initially become nauseous whenever they take it. This usually passes after a few doses have been ingested. Even so, it is believed to be safe to consume by most adults. Although it is generally not considered harmful, pregnant women should not take it unless advised to do so by a physician. This is because the effect of this medicine on an unborn fetus is unknown.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.