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Bryonia Alba - a great remedy
Started by: garcot at March 29 2008

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Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: garcot
March 29 2008
Therapy—Bryonia is a remedy of great value in the treatment of all acute inflammations of the thoracic viscera or of the pleura. In pleuritis its indications are usually all present. Uncomplicated cases will yield to this agent alone. Occasionally, though, more rapid results will be accomplished by alternating it with aconite or with asclepias tuberosa. It must be continued if effusion be present.

One physician, in two cases of pleurisy where there was at least a pint of serum in the pleural sac of each, gave bryonia alone, and persistently using it for a reasonable time, the entire quantity in both cases was absorbed, and the patient made an excellent recovery.

In bronchitis, with short, quick cough, with quick, sharp pains, especially if the sputum be bloody or frothy, bryonia acts directly. It should be given in small doses, at short intervals, and should be persisted in. It will subdue the pain and the cough promptly and exercise as marked an effect on the fever as any special sedative known.

In pneumonitis it may be positively indicated. If used in combination with other specific remedies, abatement of the symptoms will be even more rapid in these cases. Although opposed to complex medication, the author has used the following combination in these conditions in infants and children with the most happy results. The two prescriptions should be given as specifled in alternation. In severe cases in small children, or during severe paroxysms, it is very desirable to give a yet smaller dose and alternate the remedies every twenty or thirty minutes:
Rx— Tinct. Aconiti, U. S. P. 5 drops
Tinct. Belladonnae, U. S. P. 8 drops
Aquae Dest. 32 ounces
M. Sig. Half of a teaspoonful every hour, alternated with the following prescription every half hour:
Rx— Tinct. Bryoniae 8 drops
Tinct. Ipecacuanhae 4 drops
Aquae Dest. 32 ounces
M. Sig. Half teaspoonful every hour, alternated with the above as stated, every half hour.

I have in late years been using bryonia in acute neuritis. I have found in many cases the precise indications for the use of this remedy, and in one exceedingly bad case, I got excellent results, indeed, but I combined it with Mag. Phos. 3x, though the indications for bryonia alone were very plain.

Dr. Henderson specifies a form of neuralgia of the face, usually on the right side caused by cold or from a draft with dull pain and stiffness or tenderness of the muscles, especially if there should be a sharp catch under the right shoulder or in the right side increased by inspiration as immediately relieved by a combination of bryonia and sticta, ten drops of each in four ounces of water, a teaspoonful every half hour.

Bryonia controls the temperature and the fever processes, when the exact indications are present, as positively as any of the other known special sedatives.

Synovitis with sharp pains on motion wherever located, demands bryonia, and rheumatic conditions, where the distress is increased by movement, with sudden, sharp pains, especially where there is acute rheumatic swelling of the finger joints, it is demanded. The fevers of infancy, where movement causes pain, evidenced by sharp, crying out; inflammation of any organ, accompanied with sharp stabbing pain or stitches, a sensation of fullness and deep soreness are controlled by it.

In protracted fevers, with dry mucous membranes, cracked lips, excessive thirst; constipation, with hard, dry stools; scanty urine, with dark color and high specific gravity, bryonia should be given, and in asthenic fevers the remedy in small doses may be persisted in, with no depressing influence upon the patient.

In chronic disorders of the liver or spleen, with deep-seated soreness and quick, shooting pains, especially if there be some elevation of the temperature, it will produce the best of results.

It should invariably be used in acute appendicitis from the appearance of the first indications. I am convinced that we have no more important or efficient remedy than this in this disorder. It will save many operations if given early.

In a most obscure case, in consultation at one time, I discovered extreme tenderness on pressure over the pancreas—little shooting pains—pain increased by motion, the patient lying immovable on the back, temperature of 101 1/2 degrees. I diagnosed acute pancreatitis. The patient was certainly near death. The persistent use of bryonia relieved every condition in a satisfactory manner, causing me to conclude that the diagnosis was correct, and that we had prevented the formation of pus by the prompt use of this remedy. When these indications pointing to the pancreas are present in diabetes, this remedy should be given.

Dr. Jones says that bryonia is the remedy for inflammation of the mammary glands when those glands are of stony hardness, pale, hot, painful and sore, when they must be supported. He says that it is a remedy for headache when it is of a bursting character, as if the head would split, worse on movement or on stooping over, relieved by lying still. He has found where a patient suffers from nose bleed at the time of menstruation, that bryonia, given in small doses, will restore the normal condition.

I am so confident of the action of this remedy in cough, especially in children, that with many patients suffering from no other trouble but a dry, hacking, persistent cough with or without some irritation and soreness, I am apt to give bryonia as the first remedy, or I combine it with any other simple, directly-indicated remedy.

Auxiliary measures should be adopted as the character of the case suggests.

In peritonitis with quick, sharp pains, flushed face and anxious countenance, bryonia is indicated. This agent, in mild cases, will subdue all the inflammatory processes and control the pain satisfactorily without opium

During the early stages of any inflammation in which bryonia seems to be indicated, aconite will facilitate its action and assist in the control of the processes, but bryonia can be continued to most excellent advantage when the results of inflammation are extreme, and weakness and prostration are present, when aconite might have a depressing effect and be contra-indicated.

In acute pericarditis and endocarditis the specific indications for this agent are often present, and its influence is prompt. It will be of great service if there is effusion with evidences of decreasing power of the heart.

In acute rheumatic inflammation of the heart or pericardium it is one of the most direct remedies. Properly combined with indicated auxiliary measures, no remedy will act more satisfactorily:

It is of much value in typhoid conditions, especially in typhoid pneumonia or in pleuropneumonia or broncho-pneumonia with typhoid complications. In typhoid fever with severe enteric symptoms this agent is often of great service in restraining the retrograde processes and controlling excessive temperature. In septic fevers its influence will be marked and valuable. In septic peritonitis it may be given alternately with aconite, or aconite and echinacea, the latter remedy directly controlling the sepsis.

Bryonia is indicated in rheumatic fever and in acute rheumatic arthritis. It must be given as in other acute conditions, in small doses frequently repeated. In muscular rheumatism and in rheumatic muscular pains it will accomplish good results if given in conjunction with cimicifuga or alternated with cimicifuga and aconite. In acute rheumatism of the joints of the fingers or hand, it seems to be of value.

Because of its direct action on serous membranes, a few years ago I was led, from the extreme tenderness and pain on pressure, to prescribe bryonia for spinal tenderness. I immediately found that I had made the important discovery of one of the best remedies with which to relieve that serious condition. Indications for other remedies will suggest their combination in some cases, especially when this condition is present during pregnancy.

In mastitis or orchitis it is useful, and if the fever be high, the pains sharp and cutting and the face flushed, the influence will be prompt, indeed. In these cases, it is seldom given alone, but usually with aconite, phytolacca or other direct remedies.

The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy, 1919, was written by Finley Ellingwood, M.D.
My personal observation:

I have had some great success with occational single doses, requiring repetition once in 6 months or 12 months.
It removes dryness in many parts of our body and especially very useful, during very dry seasons.

Please share your great experiences of this polycrest.

Thanks and Regards

"wisdom in your body is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche)

Re: Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: girilal
New Jersey USA
March 30 2008
Once I was walking along Vedder River in British Columbia (Canada), a roaring, boiling and bubbling river that later on becomes Chilliwack river and then merges into mighty Fraser River.

I spotted Bryonia, to check if it is bryonia, I chewed a leaf of it but had to spit is out because it was deadly poison and gave me burns in the mouth. No amount of water relieved me thrist like symptoms and more happened.

So I started respecting Bryonia.


Re: Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: gavinimurthy
March 30 2008
Bryonia is very useful for minor sprains of the torso which hurt on movement. The pain increases on movement.

A dose or two of Bryonia 30c/200c will quickly relieve the suffering.


Re: Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: Truthfinder
March 30 2008
Bryonia has been a wonderful remedy for me……

I have connective tissue and bone problems, and pushing, pulling, lifting too much – even coughing or sneezing too hard – will cause inflammation of my rib cartilage, which my doctors are calling Costochondritis. It even hurts to breathe or lie down. It is terribly painful and it fits the description of Bryonia – ‘worse from any motion, better from rest’.

If the problem is not terribly severe, I’ll use a 30C potency, but for most problems I find that the 200C just works better with fewer doses needed. I still have to try to relax and even sleep while the remedy is ‘working’, and it will take more than a day before I am very mobile again. But my only source of relief in the past was strong prescription anti-inflammatories and pain killers for several days or longer. I have not had to resort to orthodox drugs for this problem for over 1.5 years and I’ve had plenty of costochondritis episodes during that period. Smile

Bryonia also seems to affect other chronic symptoms, as well, such as calming the chronic cough I have (from mucus issues), some amelioration of knee or back pain, and I usually sleep better and longer when it.

I also used Bryonia 30C on my ex-boyfriend’s cold when he was EXTREMELY irritable and the remedy that suited his physical symptoms was very sluggish in action. Bryonia patients can be “exceedingly irritable; everything puts him out of humor.” (I considered Nux-v for the irritability problem, but the cold symptoms fit Bryonia better than Nux-v.) The one dose of Bryonia seemed to resolve the irritability issue so that a return to the original remedy - which was Allium-cepa - brought very quick, positive results.

There are times when Bryonia does not work as well as expected, and I’ve recently started trying Ranunculus bulbosus in a 30C potency for my rib inflammation problems. This seems to work when Bryonia does not, and I just got the Ranuculus-b in a 200C potency but have not had to use it yet.

There may be a better remedy out there for me as Bryonia is said to be better suited for warm-blooded people and I am definitely a chilly person. I recently read about a remedy that has many of the same properties of Bryonia – I think it might have been on this forum – and now I can’t remember what the other remedy was. Sad

'All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed; then it is violently opposed; finally it is accepted as self-evident.' – Arthur Schopenhauer

Re: Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: kppy
March 30 2008
great info on bry. thanks!

you reminded me of an experience i had a couple years ago in which my ribs hurt horribly when i moved, coughed ect... i had no idea what caused this.

long story short (and several remedies later!) bellis per. did the trick. take a look at it.

Re: Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: Truthfinder
March 31 2008
Kppy, I've heard that Bellis-per can be a great remedy for certain types of 'rib pain', but it didn't do anything for me the one time I tried it.

Seems like I tried it during a very confusing time for me, so I really should give it more of a chance the next time symptoms crop up that seem to match the remedy.

'All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed; then it is violently opposed; finally it is accepted as self-evident.' – Arthur Schopenhauer

Re: Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: Truthfinder
March 31 2008
Girilal, if you suspected the plant was Bryonia, why did you chew on a leaf knowing it was a poisonous plant? Sad

'All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed; then it is violently opposed; finally it is accepted as self-evident.' – Arthur Schopenhauer

Re: Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: garcot
April 8 2008
Any warm bed aggravation or amelioration or warm room aggravtion or amelioration, Bryonia alone can give great relief.

Whether respiratory problems aggravating, kind of lethargy to move around in the bed, getting up extremely tired with body aches and fever or simply summer heat and dry weather conditions, Bryonia alone can give good relief. After Bryonia, a dose Pulsatilla or/and Sulphur depending on the case would clear most of the problems related to lying down in a warm room/ warm bed.

I found choosing a potency of 30c is safest, single dose, requiring only repetitions occationally and in not too serious or chronic cases.

The above is the experience of about 10 people in my building. A similar experience with RhusTox 200 was experienced with people who have problems with wet and damp weather.

As you know modalities of these two medicines are different.

Bryonia :
Hot, dull, thirty or thristless
Lies motionless
stools hard


restless(physical)/Active, Chilly, Thirsty


Please let me know your views and experiences with this wonderful remedy.

"wisdom in your body is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche)

Re:Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: maha
January 24 2015
I heard bryonia alba is dangerous for long tym of use.. but its working fyn for my mother.. how far it is true..is it safe to use dis homeo medicin

Re:Bryonia Alba - a great remedy By: 2tuff
January 24 2015
When you understand homoeopathy you will know the answer to your question. Bryonia in homoepathic form isn't dangerous but like all homoeopathic remedies they should not be taken for long periods and unless indicated. You have to understand the 'provings' of homoeopathy. When you've been on a remedy for a while or depending on the dosage you build up that resonance which may then present you with the problem you are trying to cure or another of the remedies effects. If you continue a remedy you will start proving symptoms until you stop the remedy and its energies eventually stabilize or remove. Think of an elevator shaft with an elevator which itself is the disease. The idea is to match the energy of the disease (elevator) and push the elevator up the shaft riding on the resonant energy from the remedy. The goal is to push out the elevator from the shaft like in the Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory movie. When the elevator escapes the shaft the disease is removed but we are still left with the remedies resonant energy filling up the shaft. If the remedy is stopped then the body will soon enough deal with the energy and the shaft will become empty or low enough to not cause symptoms. If we do not stop the remedy then the provings will be showing.

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