Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
|Bryonia Alba, Bryony
||Wild Hops, European white bryony
General description and domicile:
Native to Europe and Asia this perennial vine often found in vineyards has an
exceptionally poisonous root that can cause death in as little as one hour. It
has been used as a herbal purgative as well as a remedy for rheumatism and
arthritis but this has ceased due to the very poisonous nature of the herb. Some
herbalists still maintain that in very dilute form it is excellent for
respiratory tract infections, which it may be, but most avoid this exceptionally
Warning: Extreme care must be taken when handling this
plant as very little contact with the root can be fatal.
Part used and extraction:
The root is used, harvested before the plant flowers.
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture
In ancient Greece and Rome Bryonia Alba and Bryonia dioicia were popular
remedies for gangrene, colds and coughs, epilepsy and gout. In the 17th century
it was popular in Europe for respiratory tract infections. Those who survived
the treatment possibly benefited from it but many died too.
Hahnemann proved the homeopathic remedy.
How to use these pages:
What follows below is a profile of the homeopathic remedy. This profile must
be compared with the profile of the person to be treated in great detail before
treatment can be commenced. See
How to Use
Bryonia people are irritable, perfectionists that respect their bodies and
take meticulous care of it and their environment - and that is when they feel
healthy!! When ill they are irritable to the extreme, demanding and critical,
impossible to please, do not want to discuss their condition and definitely do
not want to be examined.
Physical symptoms of conditions that can benefit from Bryonia are: dry mouth,
lips and throat, The slightest movement can be painful, headaches are
almost always present, onset of the disease is gradual. The patient is
constantly thirsty and may perspire excessively.
Thirst, Irritable, Pain on movement, Dry mouth, lips and throat.
Used for treatment of:
Breast Problems (particularly associated with pregnancy or
breastfeeding - painful engorged, hard and hot)
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
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