Bryonia alba is one of the polychrest remedies of the homœopathic materia medica. Bryonia is one of the oldest remedy in Homeopathy and one of the best proved.
When bryonia is indicated by the totality of the symptoms, it is particularly suitable to persons (of either sex, children, adults or old people,) accustomed to rich living.
The stomach, seem to constitute the principal seat of the action of Bryonia.
The principal indications for Bryonia : —
Irritability ; disposition to uneasiness, fear, anger ; deficient memory ; disturbance of the mental faculties ; so that one does not know any more what one is saying, doing, or where one is ; syncope, with red face, sweat on the forehead, staring look and dilated pupils, preceded by bilious vomiting, (in certain forms of indigestion, especially among children, or at the commencement of typhus) ; vertigo on rising from a chair, or while sitting up in bed; vertigo when standing or walking, with disposition to fall backwards or sideways.
Headache on waking in the morning, as after an indigestion; headache after every meal; heaviness of the head, which is sometimes enormous ; pulsative headache at the occiput, at the forehead, temples ; stitches from the forehead to the occiput; dull beatings in the right half of the brain ; distensive headache, as if the skull were too narrow for the brain, especially at the forehead ; ulcerative pains at the occiput, commencing
at the nape of the neck, and extending to the shoulders, in the morning, while lying on the back ; smarting gnawing at the hairy scalp ; greasy hair, even without the head being sweaty; burning heat at the concha of the ear ; buzzing or ringing in the ears; haemorrhage from the ears; pressure, itching and redness in the eyes; swelling of the lids; agglutination of the lids; swelling of the left half of the nose;
nose-bleed; nose-bleed waking one at three in the morning; nose-bleed when rising in the morning.
Yellow complexion of the face; redness of the face ; tension of the face; swelling of one cheek ; pulling in the jaws, from above downivards or from below upwards ; red spots on the neck and in the face ; dry and cracked lips ; pulling, wrenching toothache, increased or diminished by chciving, but almost always increased by the contact of warm drinks; looseness of all the teeth; bad breath, (as of foul flesh or spoiled teeth) ; dry mouth and throat ; flow of saliva after every meal, but more particularly after supper and during the first part of the night; flat, sweetish, sticky, nauseous taste in the mouth ; bitter mouth in the morning or after eating; coated tongue; aversion to food; a good deal of hunger, ivithout appetite ; no thirst; burning thirst, (which is increased by drinking beer) loss of taste ; roughness in the throat ; sensation as if a foreign body had lodged in the throat, (owing to the swelling of the mucous membrane); difficult and painful deglutition ; desire for wine and coffee ; bitterness ascending from the stomach to the mouth, without nausea; nausea in the morning; nausea which is felt even as far as the chest, (in the oesophagus) ; hiccough after eating, or even with an empty stomach.
Reference: Bryonia in Hahnemann’s Mat. Med. Pur., vol. I.
More of Bryonia alba tomorrow in part 2