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medicine has a sphere of action, a peculiar nature whereby it
differs from all other medicines, and hence it becomes
suitable to complaints of one class and not suitable to those
It is like the nature of human beings, as they differ from
each other, and also like the nature of diseases, which differ
from each other in character.
We study a remedy also in regard to its velocity and
continuance, its remittence or intermittence.
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The symptoms of some remedies come on suddenly, with great
violence, with great rapidity, stay but a short time in their
paroxysm, and go off as it nothing had happened.
Others come on slowly, are deep acting and continuous, like
the continued fevers. We notice the complaints of Ignatia, how
flitting and intermittent and unexpected everything is; we
notice in Aconite how complaints come on with violence, and in
Belladonna with what suddenness they come on.
When we come to the study of Bryonia we find it is a most
persistent remedy; its complaints develop slowly, i.e., slowly
for acute conditions.
Its complaints are continuous, remittent, and only
They increase into violence, but the violence is not the
first flash as in Aconite or Belladonna, and hence it conforms
to a type of disease with continued fever; to rheumatisms that
come with gradually increasing severity, gradually increasing
and involving one joint after another, until all the white
fibrous tissues are in a state of inflammation, pain and
It has inflammatory conditions anywhere about the body, but
particularly of the fibrous tissues, serous membranes,
ligaments of joints and aponeuroses. It also affects the
coating of nerves with its congestions, and these gradually
increase in severity.
From the beginning there are present the characteristic
features, and it may be seen that this patient is coming down
with a Bryonia sickness.
The patient has several days of preparation. He does not
feel very well, is languid and tired, does not want to be
spoken to, does not want to move, and this gradually
increases; pains begin to flit over the body, they move around
here and there over the fibres in one place and another, and
every time he moves the pain increase, until they end in a
steady and continuous pain. The parts become hot and inflamed,
and at last he is down with rheumatism.
The complaints come on after taking cold, not the first few
hours, as in Aconite or Bell., but the day after an exposure
he begins to feel uneasy and he sneezes and the nose
discharges, there is rawness in the chest, and in a day or so
he has a chill and comes down with some inflammatory trouble,
pneumonia or pleurisy.
Its inflammatory complaints include inflammation of the
membranes of the brain, sometimes extending, into the cord;
the pleural membranes, the peritoneum and the heart covering,
these are the most common; it also has inflammation of
When these conditions come on there is noticed, very early
in the case, even before the pains begin, an aversion to
motion, and the patient does not know why, but finally he
observes that his symptoms are made worse if he has to move,
so that the slightest inclination to move is resisted with a
feeling of anger, and when he does move he finds he is aroused
to great suffering, and that all the aches and pains of the
body come on.
Thus we have the well-known Bryonia aggravation from
motion. This runs all through the remedy.
This medicine is suitable in a great many diseases,
diseases of a typhoid nature, diseases that take on a
symptomatic typhoid, diseases that start out as remittents and
run into a continued fever, as in pneumonia, pleurisy,
inflammation of the liver, of glands, of the bowels, etc.
It may be a gastro-enteritis or peritonitis, or
inflammation of the bowels, with the sensitiveness, the
aggravation from motion and the desire to keep perfectly
still. Inflammation of joints, whether of rheumatic character
or not, whether from cold, exposure or injury.
Bryonia is often indicated in injuries of joints where
Arnica would be a failure.
There is an extreme state of irritability in Bryonia; every
word which compels him to answer a question or to think will
The effort to talk will be attended with horror. At the
beginning of complaints you go to the bedside of a patient who
has been grumbling a few days; something is evidently coming
on; the family meet you at the door and say,
The patient is almost unconscious;
you look at him, the face is puffed and purplish, he seems
to be dazed, there appears to be a short of venous stasis all
over the body, but especially about the face; his countenance
is almost that of an imbecile, yet he is perfectly capable of
talking, although he has an aversion to it and appears to
outsiders to ignore everything that is said.
This sometimes comes on apparently in a short time; the
patient awakens in the morning with a dull, congestive
headache and a stupid feeling in the head; dulness of mind so
that he cannot work, and this feeling gradually increases;
such a state is sometimes the forerunner of a serious
We find, when a pneumonia or inflammation of the liver, or
some slow insidious inflammation is coming on somewhere in the
body, but not yet located, that this state will begin in the
This is peculiar about the aggravation of Bryonia - its
troubles commence many times early in the morning. On waking,
with the first move, he realizes that things are not all
right, there is a state of stupidity bordering on
Those who have been grumbling for a week or ten days wake
up in the morning feeling miserable, some time that night or
the next day they have to send for the doctor. If this is
watched for a few days, a continued fever is observed.
Or at night a chill will come on, with much pain in the
chest, rusty expectoration, short, dry cough and other
symptoms that will be spoken of under Bryonia later, showing
that the trouble is going towards the chest; or the condition
may gradually increase as a congestive, dull headache.
This will be seen when congestion of the brain is coming
on. Bryonia sickness often picks out plethoric subjects, those
who are venous in their make up, those who, when suffering
with cold, come down with catarrhal congestions.
Catarrhal fever may be covered by Bryonia.
The sluggish state of the
mind then is the state of Bryonia, not an excitable state, as
in Coffea, Nux vomica, Ignatia, but sluggish aggravated from
motion, aggravated from being talked to; wants to lie still in
bed; very great irritability, which is as extreme as that
found in Nux or Chamomilla.
It also has acute complaints aggravated from anger, from
being aroused, from being disturbed, from controversy.
Following the early sluggishness, there is later a state of
complete stupefaction in Bryonia, in which he becomes quite
unconscious, as in typhoid.
He goes from a state of partial unconsciousness to one of
complete unconsciousness, as in hydrocephalic children.
In rheumatic complaints, in pneumonia, and in typhoid
conditions, when he is aroused from this stage of stupefaction
he is confused, sees images, thinks he is away from home and
wants to be taken home.
Sometimes he will lie and say nothing but that he wants to
The delirium is of a low type; it is not the flashing wild
excitement of Bell. or Stram.; it is the very opposite; he
talks and wanders and does not say much unless he is
disturbed. You disturb him and lie says,
Go away and let me go home, and if you let him alone he
will relapse into a perfectly quiet state and seldom
Irrational talk or prattle of his business, aggravated
after 3 P.M.
Usually you will find the delirium commencing about 9 P.M.,
and keeping up all night like the fever.
The acute mental state you will find manifesting its
symptoms on rising in the morning, but as the febrile state
advances and takes possession of him the symptoms will take on
a 9 P.M. aggravation; those who have chill will have it at 9
P.M.; in those who have a fever, the fever will come at 9
If mental symptoms are uppermost they increase and spread
over the night. It has a 3 P- M aggravation. Bell. will begin
at 3 and run on towards midnight, but Bryonia will begin at 9
P.M. and run on through the night.
The aggravation of the Chamomilla patients, who are also
extremely irritable, is at 9 A.M. Sometimes we go to the
bedside and can hardly distinguish between Bryonia and Cham.
because they are both so spunky, but the Cham. baby is worse
at 9 A.M. and the Bryonia baby is worse at 9 P.M.
in Bryonia there is a key-note which really applies to a
dozen or more remedies,
he wants something and he knows not what.
It is a very important symptom of Bryonia. It is a symptom
that calls for Bryonia only when the rest of the symptoms
agree. You go to a child who is being carried in the arms of
the nurse and wants one toy after another; you get the toy he
wants and he does not want it and will throw it back at
When that case is looked into thoroughly it may be covered
by Kreosote; another is never satisfied with anything and
rejects everything he asks for; you look into that case and it
may be covered by Chamomilla.
Desire for things that cannot be had which are refused, or
not wanted when offered.
Anxiety in whole body compelled him to do something
There is a feature worthy of consideration because it
sometimes makes a case appear inconsistent. It is due to his
anxiety that pervades the whole body.
In Bryonia as in Arsenic there comes an anxious and uneasy
feeling which compels him to move, but he is worse from
motion, yet so uneasy and anxious that he must move.
There are pains so violent that he cannot keep still, and
yet when he moves he screeches from the pain. So it is really
not an inconsistency but simply due to the great violence of
the pain. Even though he knows that the motion is going to
make him worse, he cannot keep still, for the pain is so
Early in the case he was able to keep still, and found that
he was better from keeping still, and that the mental state
was better from keeping still, and that the anxious
restlessness increased the more be moved, until finally a
reaction comes and he is obliged to move.
You would think, looking at the case superficially, that
that patient is better from motion as in Rhus tox., but in
Rhus you find that the patient moves and in moving he gets
feeble, and when he sits down the pains begin to come on
There is the distinction between the two, and yet they look
alike if not examined into carefully. It is common for Bryonia
to be ameliorated from cool air, and from cool
Now, if he moves, he gets warmed up, the pains are worse,
but there are rheumatic complaints of Bryonia which are better
from heat, and under these circumstances he is better from
It is another form of relief, and another of the
modalities. I sometimes wonder whether Bryonia has a greater
element of relief from heat, or greater element of relief from
Most of the head complaints that are of a congestive
character are better from cool applications, from cold air,
etc. Yet there are some of the Bryonia head com plaints that
are relieved by hot applications, and these seem to have no
accompanying cerebral congestion.
So that Bryonia has opposite modalities, but in all its
opposite states there is still a grand nature running all
through, sufficient to detect it.
In a damp climate Bryonia is one of the most frequently
indicated remedies, but in the clear climates, where the
thermometer runs low, Aconite will be indicated more than
Still further South, the complaints assume more of the
constitutional state of Gelsemium in inflammatory conditions.
We know in the far North the sudden, violent cold brings on
violent colds like Aconite, while here the complaints are more
insidious, like Bryonia, land further South.
These atmospheric changes should be thoroughly considered
in relation to our Materia Medica.
The mental state of Bryonia is usually relieved from cool
air, he wants the windows open.
Anxiety, confusion of mind, fear, etc., are ameliorated
from being cool. Sometimes the delirium, and the congestive
fullness of the head affecting the mind, will increase if the
room becomes very warm, or from the heat of the stove, from
becoming heated, or from warm covers.
In children this will be noticed, whereas if the window be
thrown up to relieve the stuffiness of the room the child will
sleep quietly. Such remedies as Bryonia, Apis, Pulsatilla, and
many others, come in here.
If you go into a room and find the child raging with
delirium, turning and tossing, and the mother is trying to
keep the room warm because she is chilly, and you say,
Why, how stuffy it is in here! and you open the window and
then notice that the child goes off to sleep, do not overlook
that; because that relief was caused by something.
There should be nothing that can possibly occur to a
patient, but that you should solve the meaning of before you
leave the room. Settle in your mind as to what it was that
Fear of death.
Full of fear, anxiety, despair of recovery, great
despondency. Both mental and bodily quietness is required,
that is, he wants to keep still.
Often he wants the room dark. It has complaints from
getting excited. Bryonia patients are nearly always worse from
Do not cross a Bryonia patient for it makes him worse.
Bad effects from mortification.
Ailments arising from chagrin; these are headaches
Violent, congestive headaches that come on a few hours
after altercation or controversy, or little misunderstandings
with somebody that he cannot talk back to, will be covered by
Staph., but Bryonia also has that.
Staph. is suited to irritable, violent, nervous, excitable
people, that get into violent altercation or dispute. If a
headache comes on, such a patient may need Bryonia.
If in a chronic state a patient says,
Doctor, if I ever have a dispute with a man over anything I
come down with nervous excitement, sleeplessness,
you do not have to work long upon that case, because more
than likely Staph. will be suitable.
Bryonia has dizziness; the dizziness is worse in a warm
room. You will notice, as I go through, that in everything of
a nervous nature, nervous excitement, and commonly the bodily
state, the patient is worse from a warm room, worse from too
much clothing, worse from the warmth of the bed, wants the
windows open, wants to breathe fresh, cool air.
He suffers more than ordinary persons, from a stuffy room.
Persons who are subject to Bryonia conditions in church, at
the opera, in close warm rooms, like Lycopodium. Girls that
faint every time they go to church are relieved by
We commence now with the
study of the head. The head complaints may be looked upon as
striking features of the remedy, because there is pain in the
head with almost every acute complaint. Headaches are
associated with inflammatory and congestive
The mental dullness and confusion of the mind is spoken of
with the congestive headache, and bursting headache.
The head feels so full she wants to press it with the hand,
or tic it up; tight pressure, over the whole skull, is
grateful. The headaches are worse in a warm room and commonly
worse from heat.
Sometimes superficial neuralgias have relief from local
heat, but a warm room or a close room is very distressing to
the Bryonia headache. Headaches as if the skull would split
open; the pains are worse from every motion, even the winking
motion of the eyes, the motion necessary to talking and the
effort of thinking so that all exertion of body or mind
becomes impossible with a severe headache.
Must keep perfectly quiet. Sometimes lying down and keeping
perfectly quiet in a dark room will give some relief. Light
aggravates; if you think a moment you will see that the
accommodation to light and shadow of a room involves motion;
it is said that the light aggravates, but even here it is the
motion that is carried on by the muscles of accommodation.
The headaches of Bryonia are very commonly the forerunner
of other complaints, congestion of the lungs, bronchitis,
congestion of some other part of the body; he wakes up in the
morning with headache; if it be coryza that is coming, he has
the headache in the morning and through the day he commences
to sneeze; or if the trouble is in some other part of the
body, before the symptoms develop, he wakes up in the morning
with this congestive headache over the eyes or in the back of
the head, or both; it seems as if the head would burst; better
from pressure, worse from the warmth of the room, and worse
from every motion.
Headache over the eyes, sometimes like the stabbing of a
knife, worse from the first motion. He realizes it on waking
upon moving the eyes, with soreness in the eyeballs, with
bruised feelings all over.
The motion of the arms, doing work with the arms as in
various kinds of business that are carried on with the use of
the arms and hands, is generally accompanied by complaints of
the upper part of the body and especially the head, so that
one of the old key-notes in the time of Hering was complaints
You know that ironing is commonly carried on in a warm
room, it involves the motion of the arms, and thus brings in
two most striking features of Bryonia, so that this key-note
is no longer an abstract statement; it is not to be considered
apart from the general nature, but only serves to bring it
Splitting, violent congestive headaches; headaches as if
everything would burst out of the forehead. Pressure pain in
the forehead, fullness and heaviness in the forehead as if the
brain were pressed out.
This fullness or congestion of the head, is accompanied by
what was described as sluggishness of the mind, and it will
often be noticed that the countenance is somewhat
The patient looks as if he were an imbecile. The face is
mottled, and purple, with congestion in a marked Bryonia
state. The eyes are red, and congested; he is listless, does
not want to move, to speak, or to do anything, because all
these things are motion, are efforts, and they make him
You will see this is also true in Bell.; it has all of this
congestion and pressure; but remember Bryonia is slow,
sluggish, passive and insidious in its approach and progress,
while in Bell. the mental symptoms and everything in
connection are marked by activity. With the headaches there is
more or less burning, and sometimes throbbing.
The throbbing is seldom felt until he moves. After any
movement, like going up stairs, walking, or turning over in
bed during the headache, he feels the violent throbbing; on
keeping still a moment it settles down into a bursting,
pressing pain as if the skull would be pressed open.
There are many other pains in connection with the Bryonia
headache; in the text it is described:
tearing and stitching pains.
Shooting pains, sharp pains.
Some of the pressing pains are described as if a great
weight were on the head, but the same idea prevails; it is an
internal pressure; a sluggishness of the circulation in the
brain, a stasis as if all the blood in the body were surging
in the head.
Stitches in the head.
Rush of blood to head. Threatened apoplexy.
Headache after washing himself with cold water when face
That is, taking cold from suppression of perspiration.
Always on coughing, motion in head like pressure.
The headache is so bad in many cases of pneumonia or
bronchitis, in fact in any of the inflammatory or congestive
conditions, that very often you will see the patient grasp the
head when he knows he is going to cough.
He holds his head because it hurts so from the action of
coughing. Many remedies have this, but it is in keeping with
the general aggravation of Bryonia from motion, from jar, from
The headache is expanding, aggravated by the slightest
motion; after eating.
The aggravation after eating is in keeping with the Bryonia
state in general. The Patient himself, in all complaints,
feels worse after eating. It hardly matters what the trouble
is, it is worse after eating; the cough is worse after eating,
the gouty, state is increased by eating.
The Bryonia patient will finally sum up the whole subject
I am always worse after eating; so that it becomes a
The headaches are often accompanied by nose-bleed.
Obstinate headache with constipation.
Bryonia is particularly suitable in venous, sluggish
constitutions, with sluggish heart, poor circulation, yet
apparently plethoric, apparently rugged, but subject to gouty
exacerbations from change of weather.
Dandruff is common; sensitiveness and great soreness of the
scalp worse from the slightest touch of the scalp, feels as if
the hair were pulled; women must always have the hair hanging
down. In the Bryonia headaches, as well as rheumatic attacks,
if he can perspire a freely, he will get relief.
Bryonia is ameliorated in
all its complaints as soon as the perspiration becomes free
and general. Catarrhal conditions of the eyes are found in
Bryonia; it is not so often thought of as an inflammatory
remedy for the eyes when there are no other symptoms, but eye
symptoms will be found, redness, inflammation, congestion,
heat, enlargement of the veins, burning and smarting,
associated with headaches, with coryza, with troubles in the
air passages, bronchitis, etc.
Sore aching in the eyes, the eyeballs can hardly be
touched, so tender to touch, as if bruised, increased from
coughing or pressure.
Such conditions come with chest complaints, with colds and
Soreness and aching of eyes when moving them.
Pressing, crushing pains in eyes.
Inflammation of eyes and lips, especially in new-born
Think of Bryonia when gouty conditions have left certain
parts and all at once the eyes are affected, tumefaction of
the lids, the conjunctiva looks like raw beef, so highly
inflamed is it, red and oozing blood. You find out that a few
days before the patient, an old gouty subject, had rheumatic
attacks of the joint, and now he has sore and inflamed
Rheumatic iritis, caused by cold.
Rheumatic inflammation of the eyes, i. e., in inflammatory
conditions and congestion with redness, associated more or
less with gouty affections. In olden times it was described as
arthritic sore eyes, which means sore eyes in a gouty
Many of the complaints of
Bryonia commence in the nose; sneezing, coryza, running at the
nose, red eyes, lachrymation, aching through the nose, eyes
and head the first day; then the trouble goes down into the
posterior nares, the throat, the larynx, with hoarseness, and
then a bronchitis comes on, and if not checked it goes into
pneumonia and pleurisy, so that the trouble has traveled from
the beginning of the respiratory tract, the nose, to the lung
This is a field for the complaints of Bryonia. All are
worse from motion, all parts are subject to a good deal of
burning and congestion; more or less fever, sometimes intense
fever; the patient himself worse from the slightest motion and
wants to keep still; dullness of mind, pressive, congestive
headaches; sore, lame and bruised all over, often worse at 9
oclock in the evening; increased dullness of the mind after
sleep or on waking in the morning.
The cough comes on with great violence, racking the whole
body and increasing the headache, and with copious discharge
of mucus from the respiratory tract.
Sneezing between coughs.
Loss of smell.
Bleeding from the nose in these congestions, or with
coryzas. During menstruation there is epistaxis, congestion of
the head is present at this menstrual period. Epistaxis
appears as a vicarious flow in cases of amenorrhoea. If the
menstrual flow should be checked suddenly from cold, nosebleed
comes on. Dryness in the nose.
The aspect of the face is
important; the besotted, purple, bloated countenance is not
dropsically bloated, although it has the oedematous face
sometimes, but puffed from vascular stasis, not pitting upon
pressure; swollen and puffed, purple, with a doltish state of
the mind, as if he were drunk.
He will took at you and wonder what you were doing, and
what you said; a stupefaction of the intellect; the eyes do
not look at you intelligently. When a patient is about to come
down with some Bryonia complaint, with a remittent, or with
head congestions, or pneumonia, or some other respiratory
disease, the family will notice when he awakes in the morning
that he has that besotted expression, and he says he has to
make such an effort to think or do anything, and his head
aches hard, and is worse from motion. Or the face is red and
red spots on the face and neck;
hot, bloated, red face.
In children, as well as adults, there is gradually
increasing cerebral trouble, dilated pupils, besotted
countenance, and continual lateral motion of the lower
This motion of the jaw in a congestive attack is a strong
feature of Bryonia. It is not the grinding of the teeth so
much that I refer to now, although that is found in Bryonia,
but a lateral movement of the jaw as if chewing, but the teeth
do not come in contact and they keep it up night and day.
A great many remedies have grinding of the teeth. When
intermittent fever comes on with marked congestion,
stupefaction of the intellect, violent rigors, even to a
congestive chill, the patient lying in stupefaction or a
semi-conscious state, without grinding the teeth, yet wagging
the jaw back and forth by the hour, Bryonia is often
Constant motion of the mouth as if the patient were
chewing, in brain affections of children; it occurs in little
ones when there are no teeth; but they keep up a chewing
In regard to the lips and lower part of the face, that
bloated, swollen condition, the sluggish circulation, a venous
congestion or stasis will be found in Bryonia, making the
aspect as of one long intoxicated; it is not so marked as in
Baptisia and is not accompanied by so low a state, so advanced
a stupor, as in Baptisia.
Great dryness of the lips; the lips parched and dry.
Children pick the lips,
Lips cracked and bleeding.
Lips parched, dry and bleeding, such as will be seen in
typhoid states, where the whole mouth is dry and brown,
cracked, parched and bleeding; dry, brown tongue. Sordes on
In Arum triphyllum, there is marked picking of the nose and
lips; they pick and pick and bore the finger into the
Toothache: Bryonia has toothache, worse from warmth.
Tearing, stitching toothache while eating; from warm
drinks, from warm foods, worse in a warm-worn, wants cold
foods in the mouth, wants to be in cold air, but worse from
Toothache > by cold water or lying on painful side.
Pressing hard upon the painful tooth ameliorate it.
Toothache < from smoking.
You see how the relief from cold and aggravation from heat
go along with us; we shall keep reiterating these modalities
that affect the patient as a general state, and we shall see
as we go through that nearly all his symptoms are worse from
motion, worse from heat, etc.
He keeps on telling us they are better from pressure in
each region we go over, until, finally we come to the
conclusion that they are general.
We may have in two remedies the same set of symptoms, and
yet they are all made worse from all the opposite things.
Thus you see modalities indicate and contraindicate
remedies. This is the studying of remedies by their
modalities, for modalities sometimes constitute strong
You will not be
surprised to know that Bryonia loses his sense of taste, so
that if he has a coryza nothing tastes natural. Not only is
there mental sluggishness, but there is a slowing down of his
sensations, his whole state is benumbed.
Taste flat, insipid, pasty
His intelligence is so affected that he does not know where
be is even, thinks he is away from home, and even his tongue
is no longer intelligent; so that something that is sour
tastes as though bitter; his senses deceive him.
Tongue thickly coated white.
In typhoid, in cerebral congestion, in sore throat, in
pneumonia, in all diseases of the respiratory apparatus, in
rheumatic affections, the tongue is thickly coated.
Dry, and bleeding and covered with crusts.
Such a tongue is found in typhoid fever, a dry, brown,
cracked, bleeding tongue. When he takes a cold the mouth
becomes dry. It is very common for the Bryonia patient to have
great thirst; he is apt to drink large quantities of water, at
With this dry, brown tongue, however, he loses his taste
for water and does not want it; dry mouth and thirstless like
Bad odor from mouth.
Throat: Bryonia has nondescript sore throats, with
stitching pains, with dryness, with parched appearance of the
throat, and thirst for large, quantities of water at long
Constitutional tendency to aphthous formations in the
throat, little white spots in the throat.
8. Desires and aversions:
come to the desires and aversions that relate to the stomach,
and they are greatly perverted. He is worse from eating. The
stomach has lost its ability to digest, and hence he has an
aversion to all food.
Desires things immediately, and when offered they are
He is changeable, does not know what he wants. He craves in
the mind the things he has an aversion to in the stomach.
When he sees it he does not want it. His intelligence is in
a state of confusion. He craves acids.
Great thirst day and night; he wants cold water.
Thirst for large quantities at long intervals.
Many remedies want to sip water all the time. In Bryonia
the large quantities relieve the thirst immediately. In
Arsenic the drink does not relieve, he wants a little and
wants it often.
The stomach complaints of Bryonia are relieved from warm
drinks that becomes a particular because his desire is for
cold drinks, but his stomach is better from warm drinks.
In his fever and head complaints and febrile states he
wants cold things, which often bring on and increase the cough
and pains, but the hot drink, which he does not crave,
relieves the stomach and bowel complaints.
In the chill, Bryonia often has desire for ice-cold water,
which chills him dreadfully; and hot water relieves.
Desire for cold and acid drinks.
Aversion to rich fat food; all greasy things.
Desire for things which are not to be bad.
When patients are under constitutional remedies, they need
caution about certain kinds of foods that are known to
disagree with their constitutional remedy. A Bryonia patient
is often made sick from eating sauerkraut, from vegetable
salads, chicken salad, etc., so that you need not be surprised
after administering a dose of Bryonia for a constitutional
state, to have your patient come in and say she has been made
very ill from eating some one of these things.
It is well to caution persons who are under the influence
of Puls. To avoid the use of fat foods, because very often
they will upset the action of the remedy. It is well to say to
patients who are under Lyc.
See that you do not eat oysters while taking this
These medicines are known to produce states in the stomach
inimical to certain kinds of foods; certain remedies have
violently inimical relation to acids, lemons, etc.
If you do not particularly mention the fact, and say,
You must not touch vinegar or lemons; nor take, lemon juice
while taking this medicine, you will have the remedy spoiled,
and then wonder why it is.
The medicine often stops acting and the patient gets a
disordered condition of the stomach and bowels a medicine that
should act for a long time ceases action and you do I not know
what the trouble is.
Homoeopathy will rule out such things as are inimical to
the remedies and inimical to patients in general, or do not
agree with a particular constitution.
To have an iron-clad rule is not correct practice; the only
iron-clad rule is to be sure that the remedy is similar to the
patient when you administer it, and the things that he is to
have are to be in agreement with that remedy.
It is not an uncommon thing for a patient who has been
under the influence of Rhus tox., and has been doing well up
to a certain time, after he has taken a bath, to have his
symptoms return in the form of a Rhus state; the action of the
remedy stops right there.
He must of course take a bath, and yet it is true that some
constitutional cases under Rhus must stop taking their
ordinary bath, in order to keep themselves under the influence
of Rhus. It is the same with Calcarea, a bath will often stop
I only speak of these things to impress upon you the
importance of feeding and treating, your patient in accordance
with the remedy; in accordance with a principle and not by
rule; do not have one list of foods for your patients; do not
have a list of things for everybody. There is nothing in
The patient himself in all the strange and peculiar things
is worse from eating; the cough is worse from eating, the
complaints of the head, the headaches, are worse from eating,
and the respiration is worse from eating.
The stomach is distended with wind after eating, but
especially after oysters. Oysters are not, as a rule, a
dangerous article of diet, yet some are poisoned by
Worse after eating or drinking.
When the case is one of whooping cough, the cough is worse,
the paroxysms are more violent and all the symptoms are worse
a little while after eating, but later, when digestion is
finished and the stomach is empty, he is much relieved.
The Bryonia patient is ordinarily relieved from drinking,
but if, when overheated, he drinks cold water, all of his
rheumatic symptoms are worse, the cough is worse, and the
headache is worse.
He will have a violent headache after drinking cold water
when heated. In Rhus patients complaints are worse from
drinking cold water when heated. The headache increases into a
throbbing and bursting pain tenfold greater than it was before
The Bryonia patient is subject to hiccough, to belching, to
nausea and vomiting, so that disordered stomach is the general
Bitter eructations, bitter nauseous taste. He vomits bile.
After eating all these things are increased. In the stomach
and abdomen we have a great many symptoms resulting from
disordered stomach, or from taking cold, or from becoming
overheated, or from drinking ice water when overheated.
9. Disordered stomach;
Irritation of the stomach so
that he cannot eat without extreme pain, and this increases
until the inflammatory condition involves the whole stomach
and abdomen, and there is sensitiveness to pressure, and it
can be diagnosed as a gastro-enteritis, with the soreness and
tenderness, stitching, burning pains, all worse from motion;
nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, tympanitic abdomen unable to
move because it so increases the pain.
With the exception of the abdominal and stomach pains, the
Bryonia pains are better from pressure.
The Bryonia patient with these inflammatory conditions will
often be seen lying perfectly quiet in bed with the knees
drawn up; lying with the limbs flexed in order to relax the
abdominal muscles; he does not want to be talked to, does not
want to think; every movement is painful, and increases the
fever and often causes alternation of chilliness with heat;
The Bryonia patient, when lying perfectly quiet, is
sometimes quite free from nausea, but the instant the head is
raised from the pillow the dreadful sickness returns, so that
he cannot sit up.
He cannot be raised up in bed because of the nausea, and if
he persists in rising tip the nausea comes on more than ever,
with burning in the stomach. With every motion he gulps up a
little mucus and slime, which is putrid.
All sorts of pains
are felt in the stomach and bowels, but most particularly
stitching 0. and burning pains; feels as if the stomach would
burst, as if the abdomen would burst. Peritoneal exudations.
Sensitiveness of the pit. of the stomach, and sensitiveness
Over the whole abdomen. This is commonly relieved by heat,
although the patient himself wants to lie in a cool room.
The heat of the room is oppressive, yet beat applied is
agreeable. Every inspiration, every motion of the chest
greatly aggravates these pains, so that you will find a
Bryonia patient shortening up his breathing instead of
breathing deep. He keeps that up until he cannot stand it any
longer, and then he takes a long breath that causes
Gastric inflammatory affections and disordered stomach,
gastric affections in young girls from suppression of the
menstrual flow, gastritis, gastroenteritis.
Bryonia has inflammation of the liver and many other liver
symptoms. The liver, especially the right lobe, lies in the
hypochondrium like a load, with soreness and tenderness to
pressure, and he cannot move.
Every motion, every touch, every deep breath causes pain in
this organ, as in the abdominal viscera. The breathing is
short, quick, and when followed by, taking a deep breath it
causes pain through the liver; it burns and stitches. With
this, he has the disordered stomach, nausea and retching worse
from motion; spitting up of bile. Stitching pains, sticking
pains and burning in the liver.
Transient stitches in right hypochondrium; these are in the
When he coughs it feels as if the liver or right
hypochondrium would burst. Severe pains when coughing.
11. Stools and rectum:
furnishes many symptoms in connection with the stool and
rectum. It has constipation, and it has dysentery. The
pathogenesis is full of these conditions as well as many
symptoms relating to the parts themselves. In the constipation
the stool is dry and hard, as if burnt. No desire for stool,
but after going many days there are passages of little hard
pieces as if they had been burned.
No moisture about the parts, no mucus to often the hard
stools. Any mucus that may be present will be discharged
separately. Some times the stool is composed of little hard
particles looking as if burned, at times scanty, again quite a
lot, and then will follow the passage of mucus, as if lying
about the mass of faeces was quite a lot of mucus.
In most inveterate constipations Bryonia is sometimes suit
able. It has also diarrhoea that drives the patient out of bed
in the morning; i.e., on first beginning to move in bed he
begins to feel nauseated, he is bloated and distended with
colic, and he has urging to go to stool; or a little while
after getting up and moving about the bowel is distended
causing colic, and be must hurry to stool.
The purgation is sometimes enormous, frequent, and no
sooner does the patient finish than he is perfectly exhausted,
lies down like one almost dead, covered with sweat; so
tremendously fatigued he can hardly reach the vessel the next
time, and then it comes a gushing, copious, bilious stool. If,
while lying, he makes the least motion, he must hurry to
Bryonia cures dysentery with all the tormina and tenesmus
possible to imagine, with pain in the abdomen; with bloody and
mucous discharges. In the constipation the straining is often
ineffectual. He has urging to stool and goes several times
before there is any result. The stool seems to remain in the
rectum, although he seems to be compelled to strain; there is
inactivity and inability to strain.
Ordinarily he has plenty of power and is quite likely to
have a passage, but it is so dry. Bryonia has another kind of
diarrhoea. It is like the yellow corn meal mush. just such a
stool as this you will find in the typhoid patient, a yellow,
This is sometimes intermingled with mucus and slime,
sometimes with blood. It may be useful to the physician to,
know whether this is in the typhoid state or in the form of
chronic diarrhoea. Bryonia has cured many cases of chronic
diarrhoea where this yellow, mushy discharge was present, and
frequent; several times a day, but more frequent in the
Sometimes he has several stools in the morning that will
satisfy for the whole twenty-four hours, or only one or two in
the afternoon and five or six in the morning; during the night
no stools at all, because when be keeps quiet in bed and
comfortable he has not very much urging to stool; every motion
or keep ing upon the feet increases the urging to stool.
So that some would think of it as a diarrhoea only in the
day-time, and would associate it with Petroleum; but with
Petroleum, no matter how much he moves about in the night, he
will not have a stool, but will have all of the stools in the
day-time. It says here:
Diarrhoea putrid; smelling like old cheese.
Brown, thin, faecal stools.
Some times chronic Bryonia patients will diet themselves,
eating only thin liquids, avoiding solids, etc., and yet the
food will come right through the next morning, almost
undigested; lienteric stools.
Urging followed by copious pasty evacuations.
Involuntary stools while asleep.
Burning of the anus with every passage.
This is especially at night if he moves, but motion is more
common in the day-time, and every motion will bring on urging
There are plenty of
urinary symptoms in this remedy; inflammatory condition of the
kidneys; pinkish urinary deposits, uric acid crystals; urine
profuse. Whenever he strains himself in lifting, or any
unusual motion, there is pain in the kidneys, a rousing up of
congesting and long-lasting pain. It is a gouty constitution
with kidney troubles, so that after overheating or
overexertion he gets pain in the back.
Pressure to urinate and involuntary discharge of urine.
Burning in urethra, when not urinating; relieved by passing
Female organs: There are many symptoms of the female sexual
organs of great interest. Painful menstruation, dysmenorrhoea;
pain in the ovaries at the menstrual period. Every menstrual
period is associated with marked congestion of the ovaries,
with sensitiveness to touch.
The sensitiveness at the approach of every menstrual
period, in both groins, will be spoken of by the patient,
increasing as the menstrual period comes on, until the
soreness proceeds across the abdomen and meets, and then the
whole abdomen is painful during the menstrual period.
The uterus is sore, the hypogastrium is tender.
Inflammation of the uterus. Burning pain mostly in the body or
fundus of the uterus.
The Bryonia patient is subject to amenorrhoea, or the flow
is suppressed upon the slightest provocation. If she becomes
overheated from exertion, such as from ironing or washing a
few days before the menstrual period, it will be suppressed,
and the next time she will have a harder time than ever.
In young plethoric women, after violent exertion, these
complaints come on in that way. Violent exertion then scanty
urine. Soreness of the abdomen, but the flow does not come, or
is postponed a good many days after violent exertion; scanty
urine and suppression of menses in plethoric girls.
From overexertion and becoming overheated, threatened
abortion. In inflammation of the breasts and stopping of the
milk flow in the lying in period. Bryonia must be consulted.
In milk fever and pains and swelling of the breast Bryonia
must be studied.
During confinement a woman becomes overheated and naturally
perspires; just at the close of it as the delivery takes
place, if the nurse and the doctor do not observe and throw
more clothing over her, or at least keep the room warm enough,
there will be sudden suppression of the sweat, and this will
bring on milk fever and other febrile symptoms which will need
Threatened peritonitis, from such causes, gonorrheal
troubles, old rheumatic troubles, pains or aches, if made
worse from the slightest motion.
If due to septicemia rather than to suppression of the
sweat, very commonly a deeper acting remedy is required. In
inflammatory conditions of the breast one of the most striking
things is the stony hardness of the breasts, hardness and
Bryonia is often suitable for inflammation of the breasts
at other times; heaviness and hardness of the breast prior to
Then we come to
the respiratory tract again, which we have only hinted at, and
here we have a tremendous study before us. Very commonly the
Bryonia conditions commence with a cold; it may be at first
loss of voice, with rawness in the trachea and great soreness
in the chest; dry, hacking cough, as if the chest would burst
The Bryonia patient sits up and holds the head, or holds
the chest; presses both hands upon the chest when coughing,
feels as if the chest would fly to pieces when coughing; pains
in the chest on both sides, but mostly the right side.
Bryonia prefers the right side when the condition is
pneumonia. We see a patient who had first a cold, and the cold
has traveled down the air passages, with hoarseness and
rawness in the chest and cough; the cough shakes the whole
body, then comes a hard chill.
He is now down in bed, and when the physician sees him be
sees the state of inflammation and knows the meaning of it,
and listening confirms the diagnosis of pneumonia.
The patient cannot move hand or foot; the pain is mostly in
the right lung, and he is compelled to lie on the right side
or back and dreads motion. Sometimes the pleura is involved
and we have the sharp pains; every respiration causes intense
pain, whether it be pleuro-pneumonia or a simple
But we see the Bryonia patient lying upon the side that is
affected, upon the painful side, in order to diminish the
motion that respiration causes; and every often he will have a
hand under it to see if he cannot hold it still.
With Bryonia the expectoration is of a reddish tinge, is
rusty, and if you have this symptom and the right side
affected, it is all the more strongly Bryonia.
There are a few medicines that look somewhat like Bryonia;
take for instance, a case with high fever, intense heat, great
excitement, and consider the rapidity with which the trouble
has come on, involving the left side and in the pan you see
the sputum consists of bright red blood, Aconite will be the
If the liver is involved, there is fullness in the side,
stitching pain over the liver, and the face is yellow, it is
not impossible for Bryonia to be indicated, for it has such
things, but with pain very severe, continually going from the
front to the back through the right shoulder blade,
Chelidonium is more likely to cure than Bryonia.
These comparisons may be carried out indefinitely, but the
study of Bryonia as to the respiratory apparatus is a
With these colds that end in loss of voice, it has bringing
and tickling in the larynx, constant cough. Hoarseness and
loss of voice in singers.
Great soreness in the trachea; rawness and tightness in the
trachea, even suffocation, like Phosphorus.
The Bryonia breathing is panting and very rapid, little
short rapid breaths, due to the fact that deep breathing
increases the pain, the Bryonia patient desires to breathe
deep, wants deep breathing, needs deep breathing, but it hurts
Constant disposition to sigh, but cannot because it hurts
Shortness of breath, suffocation, asthma. Asthmatic attacks
from becoming overheated. Asthma worse in a warm room, wants
cool air to breathe.
Dry, spasmodic cough, whooping cough, shaking the whole
Cough compels him to spring up in bed involuntarily,
painful cough with difficult breathing, cough that shakes the
whole body. Tough, difficult expectoration.
Cough evening and night, dry cough.
A great deal of the rest of Bryonia, as we go over it is
If you will only read the text carefully and make
application of what has been said, you see the general
character and idea of the remedy, you see its image and you
will fill it out for yourselves, if you have a full