Hippocrates, the original medicine man, called it the “medicine chest”. He was the first to ever suppose that all human diseases had natural remedies, and his followers sought him out in temples to hear of his knowledge of the plant world. The berries can be used to make wine. They boost the immune system to protect against viruses and bacterial infection, but also has been used in treatment against AIDS among other things. it treats some kinds of skin diseases and infection and is also known to improve night vision.