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1. Description

Latin Name:
Berberis vulgaris

Berberis, Berberis vulgaris, Berb, Common barberry, Daruharidra; European barberry, Garibaldi; and Kingor. Jaundice berry, Pepperidge; Pepperidge bush; sowberry

2. Source & History

The barberry has been used medicinally since the ancient Egyptians used it with fennel against the plague. In the middle ages it was used for liver and gallbladder disorders, high blood pressure, to improve appetite, stomach complaints, diarrhoea, heartburn, fever and to improve vitality and wellbeing. Even today it is used for Biliary Disorders, and Ayurveda healers in India still use it for dysentery.

The Homeopathic mother tincture is prepared from the root.

3. Mentals & Generals

Listless, lethargic, inert, ennui, discontented, displeased, dissatisfied, indisposed to talk, torpor.
Anxiety and irritability particularly in the evening before sleep.
Delusions, figures, phantoms, faces, spectres at night time.
Generals include gouty constitution with pains radiating throughout the body emanatiing from the kidney region. Hepatic and rheumatic complications particularly with renal complications. Alternating symptoms
eg thirst/ thirstlessness, great appetite/ anorexia
Tendency for left sided remedy.

4. Particulars

Inflammation of the respiratory tract including sore throats, sinusitis, rhinitis and bronchitis with copious mucus. Tightness of the chest, shooting pain on left side, with heavy mucus discharge
Sudden acute liver pain particularly left lobe
Gall bladder complaints and jaundice.
Kidney pains (stones) predominantly left side
Burning sensation when urinating.
Urine either turbid or chalky
Haemorrhoides with burning pain.
Arthritic pains include stitching pain in neck and shoulder, lumbago like back pain, shooting pains in lower extremities (sciatica), heel and metatarsus.

            <     5. Modalities     >

Movement, walking, riding, standing
Evening, nightime

Open air

6. Keywords

Left sided visceral symptoms
Kidney & liver pains, gall colic
Urine either red or greenish
Ureter and bladder complications.
Arthritis, rheumatism, gout.
All symptoms worse at night and for movement.

7. Clinicals

Arthritis, Gout
Low back pain
Kidney stones, bladder affectations
Liver disorders & jaundice
Urinary tract infections

8. Constitutional Prescribing

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Berb is usually used as a drainage remedy and hence its employment is traditionally reserved to symptomatic non constitutional prescribing

Notwithstanding the above, high potency Constitutional prescription may be used as background together with a concurrent lower potency symptomatic remedy administered according to the Law of Similars in situations where two or more symptoms occur together eg
Respiratory with Kidney pain
Arthritis with Bladder, urine and urination problems
In terms of Nebel's Constitutional classification its inflammatory characteristics place it firmly within the Phosphoric classification.  

9. Relationships

up to 30 days
Am-m (darkness), Ant-t (respiratory), Ars (respiratory), Calc-p (respiratory),
Hydr (mucus), Lyc (visceral organs), Merc (respiratory), Pod (visceral organs), Stram (darkness), Val (darkness)
Remedies it Follows Well
Bry, Kali-bi, Rhus-t, Sul-

10. Posology

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11. Further Information

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Sylvian Cazalet Homeopathe International Reversed Kent's Repertory
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Berberis vulgaris
Berberis vulgaris

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Berberis vulgaris 
Common Name: Barbery  
Homeopahtic: Berberis 

Getting the Best from 
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Tabular Materia Medica

Materia Medica (MM) is Latin for medical material. MMs are a listing of remedies together with their respective symptoms and differ from Repertories which are a listing of symptoms and illnesses.


This Tabular MM is not presented as an exhaustive comprehensive list of all that is known about a remedy. Rather the opposite. It is intended to be used only as an aid memoire to highlight the foundation upon which by further study and experience a fuller knowledge of homoeopathics can be obtained. Consider the Tabular MM as a word picture showing a black and white sketch of the remedys main essential characteristics upon which colour, shade and tone has still be painted.


Remember to rank case symptoms according to their hierarchy giving first priority to
Mentals & Generals when comparing the MM remedy picture of one remedy against another.

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The Hierarchy of Symptoms

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Remember also that you don't need to match everything listed under a remedy to benefit from the remedy. All that is required is to find the closest remedy match for those case  symptoms which rank the highest and are the most troublesome. The easiest way to find remedy matches is by Repertorisation. 


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Once the main case symptoms have been captured in say 4 - 6  remedies fine tune the final remedy selection manually by refering to the MM, or clicking the Further Information tabs or looking up any other approriate reference manual. 


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