Head – The headaches of Bryonia are all aggravated by motion, even of eyeballs. The pains either begin in the occiput or finally become seated in the occiput, frequently associated with dryness of the mouth, thirst and coated tongue; the headaches are rarely neuralgic, but are generally sympathetic with gastric disorders or with inflammatory affections. Meningitis from suppressed eruptions.
Eyes – Congestion and soreness of the eye. Inflammation of the eye, especially of internal parts, iritis, choroiditis, glaucoma, etc., the eyeball very painful, full feeling, pains extending to back of head.
Nose – Catarrh with dryness, sudden suppression of the discharge and headache. Bleeding from suppressed menstruation, occurring regularly every day.
Face – Neuralgia of one side of the face, cannot even speak or eat, because it is so much aggravated by motion.
Mouth – Dryness of lips, mouth and throat. Tongue dry, rough (in low fevers). Tongue heavily coated white (in gastric derangements).
Chest – Laryngitis and bronchitis (the cough in these diseases is generally dry, hacking, with soreness of abdominal muscles, worse night and motion, worse coming into a warm room, worse after eating or drinking, better with heat).
Pneumonia in the early stage; Bryonia follows immediately after Aconite, high fever, sharp pains, better lying on the affected side, thirst, profuse sweat, headache, etc. In pleurisy it is most frequently required (the Bryonia patient sweats easily and freely), extremely sharp pain, better pressure and warmth, cannot tolerate the slightest motion. Sometimes useful in pleuritic exudation, when the sharp pains continue.
Pericarditis, endocarditis. Great oppression over the region of the heart.
Stomach – An extremely valuable remedy for catarrhal inflammation of the stomach (dyspepsia), with thirst, white-coated tongue, nausea and vomiting, aggravated by warm drinks, which are vomited; feeling of a hard lump, which makes the stomach sore. Gastric derangements, which recur often in persons who have been in the habit of taking mercury, the attacks frequently preceded by great hunger and apparently caused by overeating; the patient becomes very irritable, tongue thickly coated, etc. In all gastric derangements there are usually great sensitiveness of epigastrium to touch and vomiting of food.
Abdomen – Symptoms of inflammation of the liver, which seems swollen, very sore to touch, pains sharp, greatly aggravated by motion, better with warmth and pressure, typhlitis, peritonitis, gastro-enteritis; a frequently indicated remedy for these diseases, characterized by extreme soreness, thirst, fever, coated tongue, etc.
Rectum – Diarrhea in summer, brought on by cold drinks or from vegetables or being overheated, movements in the morning on moving around; diarrhea from suppressed eruptions; during typhoid fever (of putrid odor), brown. Constipation, stool large and hard.
Genitalia – female – Suppression of menses, with the characteristic gastric derangements, or with periodical discharge of blood elsewhere, nose, throat, etc. Inflamed ovaries. Puerperal fever is the early stage, with headache, pains in limbs, weakness. Suppressed lochia. Pelvic peritonitis. Inflammation of mammary glands, breasts much swollen, hot, sharp pains.
Back – Severe muscular pains in back, lumbago, etc.
Extremities – Acute inflammation of numerous joints, especially of the large joints, characterized by swelling, heat, shiny redness, better with warm wraps, intolerance of slightest motion, etc. Sciatica worse lying on the affected side. Muscular rheumatism. In all forms of rheumatism, acute, chronic, muscular or articular, there is generally the additional indication of easy, profuse perspiration.
Fever – It is frequently indicated in scarlet fever, when the eruption does not develop well and the general symptoms of the drug are present; the same is true of measles. In typhoid fever it is very frequently indicated in the early stage with the occipital headache, furred tongue, thirst, abdominal soreness, etc. In a great variety of fevers not eruptive. For febrile states, which are the accompaniment of inflammatory processes in various organs and tissues, always with headache, thirst and intolerance of motion (closely allied to Iod.).
Anger; fright; chagrin. Suppressed eruptions and discharges. Alcohol. Gluttony. Wounds. Cold winds. Heat of the sun. Drinking cold drinks when heated. Taking cold, getting chilled.
Compare: Asclep-tub.; Kali mur.; Ptelia; Stellaria..
It is followed well by: Alumina, Abrotanum, Antimonium tartaricum, Arsenicum album, belladonna, Berberis, Cactus grandiflorus, Carbo vegetabilis, Dulcamara, Hyoscyamus, Kali carbonicum, Muriaticum acidum, Nux vomica, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus toxicodendron, Sabadilla, Silica, Squilla, Sulphur.
It follows well: Aconite, Antimonium crudum.
It is complementary to: Alumina, Rhus toxicodendron, Sulphur. Alumina is the “chronic” of Bryonia; and Kali carbonicum and Natrum muriaticum hold a similar but less pronounced relation to it.
Incompatible to: Calcarea carbonica.
It is antidoted by: Aconitum napellus, Alumina, Camphor, Chamomilla, Chelidonium, Clematis, Coffea, Ferrum muriaticum [the best, considered so by Teste], Ignatia, Muriatic acid, Nux vomica, Pulsatilla, Rhus toxicodendron, Senega.
It antidotes: Alumina, Chlorum, China, Fragaria vesca, Mercurius, Rhus toxicodendron.
Inimical to it: Wine, tobacco, warm food, green vegetables, turnips, spoiled sausages, sauerkraut, salad, rich food, raw food, peas, pancakes, oysters, heavy food, flatulent food, fat, cold drinks in hot weather, frozen food, fruit, coffee, old cheese, cabbage, black bread, bread, beer, beans and peas.
From the lowest to the highest but the usual potencies are from 200 upwards.