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Bryonia alba

Using Bryonia alba to relieve infectious, inflammatory and rheumatologic conditions

Bryonia alba is a homoeopathic remedy made from the roots of white bryony. Effective for dealing with many diseases, this remedy is sold in the form of granules, phials, drops, suppositories and triturations. In the wild, White bryony is toxic, but the process to turn it into a homoeopathic remedy demonstrates the plant’s effectiveness for treating and relieving several types of diseases.

Indications in infectiology

Bryonia alba is very effective for dealing with the flu or flu-like symptoms. This remedy is also indicated to treat mumps in children and adults. When a person suffers from rhinitis accompanied by an intense thirst and dry mucous membranes, Bryonia alba is the most suitable remedy to alleviate these symptoms. Moreover, this medication is also recommended to treat mumps, meningitis and headaches that are sometimes accompanied by painful ocular discomfort.

Bryonia alba is also recommended to treat certain pathologies of the respiratory system. Indeed, it is the most suitable remedy for patients suffering from the symptoms of tracheitis, pneumonia or bronchitis accompanied by a dry cough. This cure is strongly advised in case of respiratory disorders or if the patient feels increasing pain at the slightest movement, such as when he or she is talking for example.

Indications in rheumatology

Bryonia alba is also recommended to relieve rheumatism and arthritis, more specifically cases of acute and rheumatoid arthritis. Bryonia alba is particularly effective when a person suffers from rheumatoid arthritis accompanied by inflammation, that is to say when the joints turn red, eventually undergoing deformation. The remedy should be administered as soon as the patient’s fingers become deformed or “claw-shaped”. In fact, this remedy can be used for every case of painful rheumatism, especially when the patient is unable to remain still or lie down. The medication must be given without delay if the patient suffers from acute transient synovitis of the hip or sciatica.

Indications in gastroenterology

Used to relieve certain pathologies that affect the digestive tract, resorting to Bryonia alba is also advisable if the patient suffers from stubborn constipation. Bryonia alba is also recommended when the stool is hard or tends to be ball-shaped and very difficult to evacuate.

Indications in gynaecology

Bryonia alba is also recommended in gynaecology to treat hormonal problems. This remedy is a fast and effective solution for relieving women who feel breast pain outside of the days that precede the menstruation cycle. In general, the remedy is indicated for women who suffer from mastitis, especially when the inflammation reaches the serous membranes. It is important to note that this pain is relieved when the patient wears tight bras.

Indications in ophthalmology

Bryonia alba is a commonly used remedy in case of dry eye syndrome. The medication is indeed effective fast-acting when it comes to treating this pathology.

Other indications

Bryonia alba has a broad spectrum of uses in homoeopathy. Furthermore, apart from the remedy’s typical uses, it is also effective in the treatment of inflammatory syndromes such as abdominal pain, pericarditis, pleuritis and cholecystitis. The remedy is particularly well-suited for treat mucous membranes inflammations, such as those affecting the digestive and respiratory tracts. Bryonia alba is also indicated for treating some forms of dizziness. In fact, the remedy is effective for relieving persons who suffer from dizziness when moving from a lying to an upright position.

In case of infectious disease

If the patient suffers from fever, it is recommended to administer him or her 5 granules of Bryonia alba 9 CH every 4 hours. This dosage is mainly indicated when the fever is accompanied by sweating, a sensation of dryness, ocular pain, an intense thirst or joint pain. When the patient’s condition improves, space out the intakes. In case of flu, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Bryonia alba every 2 hours.

Rheumatologic conditions

In case of rheumatism or joint pain, it is advised to take 5 granules of Bryonia alba 5 CH twice a day (morning and evening), during 10 days. When arthritis is linked to inflammation, take 5 granules at noon, in addition to the morning and evening intakes. To relieve joint pain caused by arthritis, take 5 granules of Bryonia alba three times a day. In case of acute synovitis, repeat this intake every two hours. Depending on the intensity of pain, take 5 granules of Bryonia alba 1 to 4 times a day.

Recommended dosage for different disorders

In case of constipation, it is recommended to take Bryonia alba 5 CH three times a day until the patient’s condition improves. To treat mastitis, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Bryonia alba four times a day until the pain disappears. Concerning ENT (eye, nose, throat) disorders, the treatment should last for 3 months, especially when the patient has a dry eye or an intolerance to contact lenses. In this case, take Bryonia alba 5 CH six times a day. When improvement is noticed, the intakes can be spaced out.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “bryonia alba”

Associated pathologies

  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Dyspepsia
  • Fever
  • Flu
  • Hydarthrosis
  • Mastitis
  • Mumps
  • Parotitis
  • Pleuritis
  • Pulmonary
  • Pericarditis
  • rhinopharyngitis
  • Sciatica
  • Meningeal
  • Acute hip synovitis
  • Cough
  • Tracheitis
  • Eye disorders
  • Dizziness

Good to know: Bryonia alba is a remedy that is well-known for its efficiency and wide scope of action in homoeopathy. However, the dosage and recommendations provided by the therapist must be respected. Bryonia alba may be combined to other homoeopathic remedies to treat various pathologies. 

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.