Common Names: White bryony; wild hop; false mandrake.
Homeopathic Bryonia is prepared from the scrambiling white bryony vine. Bryonia complaints are worsened by movement and relieved by rest and stillness. This keynote extends the mental-emotional sphere – Bryonia patients are irritable, dislike being disturbed, and want to be left alone. They are thirsty but drink infrequently, and then in large amounts. Inflammatory complaints have a slow rather than rapid onset. Injuries and inflammations feel better for pressure – even to the point of lying on them – and may be worsened by changes in the weather.
- Thirsty with dry mouth and coated tongue but drinks large amounts at long intervals.
- Heavy sensation, like a stone, after eating.
- Constipated with hard, dry, large stool.
- Headache from constipation.
- Onset of appendicitis.
- Bursting, splitting headache – usually left-sided or starting over left eye and then extending to the whole head.
- Worse for any movement, even of the eyes – must close them.
- Headache with constipation.
Sprains and Fractures
- Pain from the slightest movement – even of other body parts.
- Sprains improved by firm binding.
- Inflamed joints with swelling and stiffness.
- Rheumatic pain in joints and muscles – relieved by keeping still.
- Fractured ribs – better for pressure or lying on the fractured side.
- Dry, painful cough – must hold chest when coughing.
- Cough with gagging and vomiting.
- Cough worsened by motion, drinking, eating, going into a warm room.
- Irritable – lies still and wants to be left alone.
- Dry lips and coated tongue – drinks large amounts infrequently.
- Bursting, splitting headache, worsened by movement.
- Internally hot but chilly, cold skin.
- Useful for fractures, joint pain and injury when the following symptoms are present.
- Wants to be alone – dislikes being disturbed.
- Reluctant to move – lies quiet and still on the painful side.
- Dry mouth but drinks large amounts infrequently.
Where do I find it?
Bryonia alba (Bry.) is available from our online store as a single remedy, and as part of the following Complexes (combination remedies): Cough – Dry; Fracture Help; Mastitis; Joints – Sore; Winter Defence.
While the above self-limiting, acute complaints are suitable for home treatment with Bryonia, see your healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Bryonia is also useful for a range of chronic or persistent complaints not listed; these are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.
Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)
Take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 2 to 4 hours (2 hours for intense symptoms, 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.
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