Bryonia Alba - The Homeopathic Remedy

Remedy profile of Bryonia Alba, Origin, Preparation,  Symptoms explanation and other information

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Remedy Name/s: Common Name/s: Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
Bryonia Alba, Bryony Wild Hops, European white bryony Bryonia Alba

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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 toxic herb.

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.

Remedy preparation:
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 these Pages

Remedy profile:
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.

Key Symptoms:
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)



Joint pain

Broken bones


Eye Inflammation

Sore throat


General Symptoms Worse for: Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse


General Symptoms Better for: Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms

See also our Herbal page on Bryonia Alba.


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