Bryonia alba: the mummy of homeopathy

Bryonia alba is compared in homeopathy with a mummy because all a patients’ ailments improve with bed rest or immobility. These individuals are angry and very irritable.

They are very homely; they lock themselves in their home and want to be left alone. Their favourite subjects are always related to business.

They are concerned about potential economic problems. The person who is prone to the Bryonia alba personality is afraid of poverty and failure.

Only the root is used. In the root there is a substance similar to cortisone.

Bryonia alba therefore has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on inflamed or serous mucous.

What does someone with the Bryonia alba condition like and dislike?

They will always improve with rest, pressing on the sore area or lying on the side that hurts. Sweating and cold also improve symptoms.

Only if the Bryonia alba individual has localised pain can it be relieved if heat is applied. Symptoms usually worsen around 9 o’clock in the evening.

When is Bryonia alba prescribed?

The remedy is a polychrest in homeopathy. It has a wide range of recommendations. It is prescribed for:

  • a fever that gradually increases its temperature and then remains constant. There is sweating, with a slightly sour smell, that relieves the patient,
  • dry mucous membranes, especially the respiratory and digestive mucosas. The patient has a thirst that needs to be calmed with big gulps of cold water,
  • inflammation of the serous, the Bryonia alba patient improves their pain with immobility. The pain is localised only. After inflammation there is usually a serous exudation.
  • constipation, the stools are dry and hard,
  • food “falls into the stomach like a stone“, there is slow digestion and discomfort.

What feelings do these individuals have?

They have sharp, sore, localised pain at fixed points. They feel all the mucosas extremely dry and need to drink large quantities of cold water.

Generally, they have chapped lips and a bitter taste in the mouth.

They often feel a “stone in the stomach” and dizziness with a feeling that they will faint upon getting up.

Main clinical indications

  • At the respiratory system level, to treat tracheitis, bronchitis or a dry cough that requires the patient to press the chest or throat to decrease the pain, they have flu or flu-like states, and fever of 38.5 that progressively develops.
  • A joint level, to treat joint pain caused by an arthritis crisis or a trauma, with effusion and to treat “rheumatism hip”.
  • Others: headache, digestive problems, constipation, mastitis or breast pain, dizziness, dry eye syndrome, and intolerance to contact lenses for dry eyes.

Remember that in the Bryonia alba condition everything gets worse with movement.

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