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Materia Medica by Allen




It is best adapted to persons of a gouty or rheumatic diathesis; prone to so-called BILIOUS ATTACKS. Bryonia patients are irritable, inclined to be vehement and angry; dark or black hair, dark complexions, firm muscular fibre; dry, nervous, slender people (Nux.).


Pains: stitching, tearing, worse at night, 9 pm; < by motion, INSPIRATION, COUGHING; > by absolute rest, and lying on painful side (Ptel., Puls
stitching pain, but < and > are opposite, Kali c).

EXCESSIVE DRYNESS OF MUCOUS MEMBRANES OF ENTIRE BODY; lips and tongue dry, parched, cracked; stool, dry as if burnt; cough, DRY, HARD, RACKING, with scanty expectoration; urine, dark and scanty; great thirst (for large quantities at long intervals).

Vicarious menstruation; NOSEBLEED WHEN MENSES SHOULD APPEAR (Phos.) ; blood spitting, or haemoptysis.

Ailments from chagrin, mortification, ANGER (Col., Staph.) ; violence, with chilliness and coldness; AFTER ANGER CHILLY, but with head hot and face red (Aur.).

Complaints: when warm weather sets in, after cold days; from cold drinks or ice in hot weather; AFTER TAKING COLD OR GETTING HOT IN SUMMER; from chilling when overheated; kicks the covers off; from exposure to draft, cold wind (Aeon., Hep.); suppressed discharges, of menses, milk or eruption of acute exanthema.

One of the chief characteristics of Bryonia is aggravation from any motion, and corresponding relief from absolute rest, either mental or physical.

Desires things immediately which are not to be had, or which when offered are refused.

Children dislike to be carried, or to be raised.

Delirium: talks constantly about his business; desire to get out of bed and go home (Act., Hyos.).

Constant motion of left arm and leg (Apoc, Hell.).

Patient cannot sit up from nausea and faintness.


Headache: when stooping, as if brain would burst through forehead; FROM IRONING ( Sep.) ; on coughing; in morning after rising or when first opening the eyes; commencing in the morning, gradually increasing until evening; from constipation (Aloe, Collin., Op.).

Pressure as from stone at pit of the stomach; relieved by eructation (Nux, Pul.).

Constipation: INACTIVE, NO INCLINATION; stool LARGE, HARD DARK, DRY, AS IF BURNT; on going to sea (Plat.).

Diarrhoea: DURING A SPELL OF HOT WEATHER; bilious, acrid with soreness of anus; like dirty water; of undigested food; from cold drinks when overheat a, from fruit or sour krout; < IN MORNING, ON MOVING, even a hand or foot.

Mammae heavy, of a stony hardness; pale but hard; hot and painful; must support the breasts (Phyt).

Cough: dry, spasmodic, WITH GAGGING AND VOMITING (Kali c.) : with stitches in side of chest; with headache as if head would fly to pieces; < after eating, drinking, entering A WARM ROOM, a deep inspiration.


Complementary: Alumina, Rhus.

Similar: to, Bell., Hep. for hasty speech and hasty drinking.

To Ran. in pleuritic or rheumatic pains of chest.

To Ptelea. aching heaviness in hepatic region; > lying on r. side, GREATLY < LYING ON LEFT SIDE; turning to the left causes a dragging sensation.


After Bryonia: Alum., Kali c, Nux, Phos., Rhus, Sulph. Aggravation
Motion, exertion, TOUCH; cannot sit up, gets faint or sick or both; warmth, warm fold; suppressed discharges of any kind.


Lying, especially ON PAINFUL SIDE (Ptel., Puls.) ; pressure; rest; cold, eating cold things. CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS


Sanguineous congestions in persons of plethoric habit (Acon.); often resulting in haemorrhage; sanguineous apoplexy.

FEAR OF DEATH; believes the disease incurable (Ars.).

Haemorrhage: from nose, lungs, stomach, rectum, bladder (Crot, Mill., Phos.).

Headache, pressing like a heavy weight on vertex (> by pressure, Meny.) ; climacteric (Glon., Lach.).

Headache and neuralgia; congestive, periodic, right-sided; severe, throbbing, pulsating pain.


Constriction: of throat, chest, heart, bladder, rectum, uterus, vagina; often caused or brought on by the slightest contact.

Oppression of chest, as from a great weight; as if an iron band prevented normal motion.

Sensation of a cord tightly tied around lower part of chest, marking attachment of diaphragm.

HEART FEELS AS IF CLASPED AND UNCLASPED RAPIDLY BY an iron hand; as if bound, "had no room to beat."

Pains everywhere; darting, springing like chain lightning, and ending with a sharp, vise-like grip, only to be again renewed.

Menstrual flow ceases when lying down (Bov., Caust).

Palpitation: day and night; worse when walking and lying on left side (Lach.) ; at approach of menses.

Fever paroxysm returns at 11 A.M. and 11 P.M.


Compare: Aeon., Dig., Gels., Kal., Lach., Tab.