Berberine- – Have taken occassionally.
Some people with Parkinson’s will get considerable relief from berberine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24535622
Before you try this, first check in with your doctor, and start titrating up from 200 mg a day slowly. You have to check interactions with other drug, esp. statins. In people with diabetes, it lowers blood sugars. It also tends to lower lipids. While it is a lot safer then oral blood sugar lowering medications, in some people with high natural insulin levels the combination of just berberine and natural insulin levels can produce initial hypoglycemia, so start very slowly and titrate up. Also it drops Blood Pressure very much in certain people, so if the person is on blood pressure medication you have to be cautious.
The strength of the effect of berberine seems to vary depending on genetics, so you have to initiate slowly and keep checking lab values, plus make adjustments to other medications as necessary. Magnesium, insulin levels, lipids, blood chemistry and zinc have to be monitored. Also only use the ground-up plant versions.
Berberine seems to work particularly well in persons born with insulin resistance.Before you start the berberine, check your magnesium levels. If they are not at least 2.4, start supplementing with something like Slow-Mag before you even start the berberine at 200 mg daily. For patients with certain genetics, the effect on the circulation is remarkable and just about immediate. The small blood vessels stop constricting, restoring blood circulation to the tissues, and the magnesium levels will therefore fall. In heart patients, this can induce fatal results. Since blood sugar is dropping, medications have to be adjusted with speed in certain individuals. In these people in later stages, the lipids are high, and those levels drop rapidly too, which enhances the overall effect. Also you have to watch kidney function and potassium levels, because the blood pressure drops quite a bit. If the person is on something like ACE inhibitors, and if the person is not able to exercise enough to raise blood pressure significantly twice a day,
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18459128 p53 Cooperates berberine-induced growth inhibition and apoptosis of non-small cell human lung cancer cells in vitro and tumor xenograft growth in vivo.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4321216/ Research shows that Berberine is quite effective against pancreatic cancer- as effective as the only known chemo drug for pancreatic cancer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24843889 Berberine induces apoptosis in human multiple myeloma cell line U266 through hypomethylation of p53 promoter. Berberine has multiple pharmacological activities, such as anti-oxidative, anti-inflammation and anticancer activity. It reduces the proliferation and induces apoptosis in the multiple myeloma cell line… the p53 signalling pathway related genes were altered…results show that berberine can repress the expression of DNMT1 and DNMT3B, and the alteration of p53 dependent signal pathway in human multiple melanoma cell U266. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4096730 The above article also shows that Berberine suppresses MM growth. I think it is the long version of the abstract.