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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.
Symptomology 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.
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.
Scroll right for anatomy of gall
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
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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Head 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.
Nose Dry; obstinate catarrh of
left nostril. Crawling in nostrils.
Face Pale, sickly. Sunken cheeks
and eyes, with bluish circles.
Mouth Sticky sensation. Diminished
saliva. Sticky, frothy saliva, like cotton (Nux mosch). Tongue feels
scalded, vesicles on tongue.
Stomach Nausea before breakfast.
Abdomen 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.
Stool Constant urging to stool.
Diarrha painless, clay-colored, burning, and smarting in anus and
perineum. Tearing around anus. Fistula in ano.
Urinary 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.
Male Neuralgia of spermatic cord
and testicles. Smarting, burning, stitching in testicles, in prepuce
Female 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.
Respiratory Hoarseness; polypus of
larynx. Tearing stitches in chest and region of heart.
Back 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.
Extremities 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.
Skin 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.
Fever Cold sensation in various
parts, as if spattered with cold water. Warmth in lower part of
back, hips, and thighs.
Modalities Aggravation Motion, standing. It
brings on, or increases, urinary complaints.
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.
to sixth potency.
Kingdom: Plant Latin
Name: Berberis vulgaris Common
Name: Barbery Homeopahtic: Berberis