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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 and in Russia it has been used for inflammation and high blood pressure The American Indians used it to improve appetite, energy and wellbeing as well as in treatments for stomach complaints and diarrhea. It is still used by Ayurveda healers in India for dysentery as it is for heartburn and biliary disorders throughout the Middle East.

Berberis vulgaris belongs to the order Berberidaceae along with Caulophyllum and Podophyllum all of which contain the alkaloid berberidaceae an alkaloid which incidentally is found also in Hydrastis Canadensis.

1. Kidney Symptoms
The chief region of activity of this remedy is the kidney where there is a sticking, digging, tearing pain, worse from deep pressure. These tearing pains extend down the back and into the pelvis and along the course of the ureters. There is a sort of tensive, pressive pain across the small of the back which feels stiff and numb. Another reported symptom which seems to be peculiar to Berberis, is a bubbling feeling as if water were coming up through the skin. It is a strange, rare and peculiar (SRP) symptom and one that may point very strongly to Berberis.

2. Kidney Stones (Renal Calculi)
For those who suffer from recurrent kidney stones (composed of calcium, oxalates or phosphates and uric acid) homeopathic treatment can be very effective and a safe alternative to any kind of surgical intervention. Not only does Berb help in eliminating kidney stones and reliving pain, its use also eradicates the tendency to develop stones recurrently.

Kidney stones can cause very severe pain due to their obstruction of the free flow of urine into the ureter. Kidney stone pain occurs in the back or in the lower abdomen and may extend to the groin area too. The pain can be very severe and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Passing of blood in urine can also occur when the stone moves in the urinary tract.

The role of diet has a significant impact on the course of this condition. The avoidance of calcium rich diets are to be recommended (ie dairy products) as are high oxalate containing foods (ie beetroot, chocolate, coffee, cola, nuts, spinach, strawberries, tea, and wheat bran).
Medication needs to be carefully monitored especially the taking of calcium based antacids which are known to promote stone formation. Other lifestyle modifications should also not be overlooked like increasing fluid intake 10-12 glasses/day of pure (non gas or soda containing) water.

3. Bladder Symptoms
Symptoms here demonstrate a very marked cutting tearing pain extending from the bladder down the urethra followed by a  burning sensation after urinating. The urine itself presents marked characteristics of a yellow, turbid and flocculent nature which is sometimes whitish, chalky (calcium deposits) or red (blood caused by stones). Whenever there are these renal and visceral symptoms together Berb must be strongly considered whether the trouble be inflammation of the uterus, of the bowels, of the peritoneum, or of any other part of the body. These symptoms are almost universally accompanied by a sunken and worn looking face expressive of deep seated disease brought about by inefficient gall function. General prostration is great.

4. Liver & Gall Symptoms
Characteristic sticking pain under the border of the right false ribs (one of the few right sided pains) which extend through the abdomen and may be indicative of the presence of gall-stones.

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The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped muscular sack that acts as a storage tank for bile and is located behind the liver on the right side of the rib cage. The bile has two major functions in the body.
1) To break down dietary fats which are an essential energy source. Mention has already been made of the sunken and worn looking face so expressive of Berb patients a condition brought about by inefficient gall function.
2) To act as a very powerful antioxidant in the removal of toxins including bacteria, viruses, drugs or other debris.

5. Back Pain Symptoms
The following descriptions are typical of Berb. patient's reports.
"Bruised pain, with stiffness and lameness in the small of the back"
"Difficulty in rising from seat"
"Backache worse when sitting or lying, especially when lying in bed in the morning".
"Sensation of numbness, stiffness and lameness, with painful pressure in lumbar and renal regions".
"A great many old troubles of the back reappear"
On first sight these symptoms are all found under Rhus-t. There is a significant difference however bwtwen them. Berb pains originate from or are in connection with kidney affectations an accompanying condition which is not so in the case of Rhus-t

6. Arthritic & Rheumatic Symproms
Arthritic and rheumatic affections in association with back symptoms and/ or with urinary conditions are indicative of Berb. There is almost always in the back troubles of Berb a great deal of prostration or a sense of weakness across the back, In addition the face looks pale, of an earthy complexion, with sunken cheek, hollow eyes and with blue circles under them A very characteristic symptom is a bubbling sensation in the region of the kidneys. Another is kidney soreness when jumping out of a wagon or stepping hard downstairs or from any jarring movement. No matter what ails the patient if ther is persistent pain as above described Berb must be a front runner.
7. Fever & Inflammatory Symptoms
Because of the ability of Berb to reduce fever and inflammation barberry can be used for respiratory tract disorders such as sore throats, sinusitis, rhinitis and bronchitis, where it helps to remove mucoid accumulations, and urinary and gastrointestinal infections. It can also be used for Candida affecting the skin or vagina.

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Listless, apathetic, indifferent. Puffy sensation, feeling as if becoming larger. Vertigo with attacks of fainting. Frontal headache. Chilliness in back and occiput. Tearing pain in auricle, and gouty concretions. Sensation of a tight cap pressing upon the whole scalp.

Dry; obstinate catarrh of left nostril. Crawling in nostrils.

Pale, sickly. Sunken cheeks and eyes, with bluish circles.

Sticky sensation. Diminished saliva. Sticky, frothy saliva, like cotton (Nux mosch). Tongue feels scalded, vesicles on tongue.

Nausea before breakfast. Heartburn.

Stitches in region of gall-bladder; worse, pressure, extending to stomach. Catarrh of the gall-bladder with constipation and yellow complexion. Stitching pain in front of kidneys extending to liver, spleen, stomach, groins, Poupart's ligament. Sticking deep in ilium.

Constant urging to stool. Diarrha painless, clay-colored, burning, and smarting in anus and perineum. Tearing around anus. Fistula in ano.

Burning pains. Sensation as if some urine remained after urinating. Urine with thick mucus and bright-red, mealy sediment. Bubbling, sore sensation in kidneys. Pain in bladder region. Pain in the thighs and loins on urinating. Frequent urination; urethra burns when not urinating.

Neuralgia of spermatic cord and testicles. Smarting, burning, stitching in testicles, in prepuce and scrotum.

Pinching constriction in mons veneris, vaginismus, contraction and tenderness of vagina. Burning and soreness in vagina. Desire diminished, cutting pain during coition. Menses scanty, gray mucus, with pain in kidneys and chilliness, pain down thighs. Leucorrha, grayish mucus, with painful urinary symptoms. Neuralgia of ovaries and vagina.

Hoarseness; polypus of larynx. Tearing stitches in chest and region of heart.

Stitches in neck and back; worse, respiration. Sticking pain in region of kidneys radiating thence around abdomen, to hips and groins. Numb, bruised sensation. Stitches from kidneys into bladder. Tearing, sticking with stiffness, making rising difficult, involving hips, nates, limbs, with numbness. Lumbago (Rhus-t, Tart em). Metatarsus and metacarpus feel sprained. Post-operative pain in lumbar region; soreness with sharp pain following course of circumflex iliac nerve to bladder with frequent urination.

Rheumatic paralytic pain in shoulders, arms, hands and fingers, legs and feet. Neuralgia under finger-nails, with swelling of finger-joints. Sensation of cold on outside of thighs. Heels pain, as if ulcerated. Stitching between metatarsal bones as from a nail when standing. Pain in balls of feet on stepping. Intense weariness and lameness of legs after walking a short distance.

Flat warts. Itching, burning and smarting; worse, scratching; better, cold applications. Small pustules over whole body. Eczema of anus and hands. Circumscribed pigmentation following eczematous inflammation.

Cold sensation in various parts, as if spattered with cold water. Warmth in lower part of back, hips, and thighs.

Motion, standing. It brings on, or increases, urinary complaints.

Compare: Ipomea-Convolvulus Duratinus-Morning Glory. --(Pain in left lumbar muscles on stooping. Kidney disorders with pain in back. Much abdominal flatulence. Aching in top of right shoulder renal colic; aching in small of back and extremities), Aloe; Lycopod; Nux; Sarsap. Xanthorrhea arborea (severe pain in kidneys, cystitis and gravel. Pain from ureter to bladder and testicles; pain in small of back returns from least chill or damp). Xanthoriza apifolia-Shrub Yellow Root--contains Berberine. Dilatation of stomach and intestines, atony, enlarged spleen.

Camphor; Bell.

Tincture, to sixth potency.


Berberis vulgaris
Berberis vulgaris

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






























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