Berberis Vulgaris

Symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Berberis Vulgaris from the Guiding Symptoms of our Materia Medica by Constantine Hering, a ten volumes comprehensive record of confirmed symptoms, published in 1879….

     Berberis vulgaris, Barberry. Berberacea.

     Berberis vulgaris was proved with great assiduity by Dr. Hesse, and published in the Journal for Materia Medica in 1834; translated and added in extracts to the Allentown editions of Jahr’s Manual, hence frequently used in the United States. In 1843 Noak published a much better extract of Berberis vulgaris ; no cures followed this. In 1854 Dr. J. H. Weber, in Allg. Hom. Zeitung, analyzed its symptoms. In 1879 H. V. Miller published Berberis vulgaris cases in Lilienthal’s Quarterly ; these were translated into German and printed in the Allg. Hom. Zeitung, July, 1879.


Defective recollection and weak memory.
Terrifying apparitions in twilight.
Mental labor, requiring close thinking, very difficult ; the least interruption breaks the chain of thought.
Melancholy, inclination to weep.
Indifference, apathy.
Indifference and pensiveness, with disinclination to speak.
Anxious and fearful.
Anxiousness while sitting, standing, or moving.
Fretful humor, with weariness of life.


Vertigo and dizziness in head.
Vertigo : with danger of falling ; when stooping and when rising ; struggling with arms when rising ; with dizziness, faintness, pressure in forehead, succeeded by chills.
Dullness and heaviness in head.
Tensive pain, also with pressure in temples and forehead.
Feeling of drunkenness, dizziness, vacuity, confusion, heaviness in head, especially in front, with pressure in sinciput, attended with alternating chilliness and heat from morning till afternoon, succeeded by a nasal flux and sneezing, as if catarrh would arise, but which does not appear.


Dullness of head like from coryza.
Heaviness in head, when stooping, as if brain would fall forward, with a sensation of bubbling, as if all would prolapse from forehead.
Pressure from within outward, particularly in forehead, but also in temples and occiput.
Tensive pain, also with pressure in temples and forehead, or with dullness of whole head.
Pressing, straining, bursting headache, especially in sinciput, chiefly in morning, < by stooping, > in open air ; with weariness and exhaustion.
Tearing in forehead and orbits.
Shooting, wringing, rending stitches above forehead and temples.
Rending in different parts, particularly in temples and occiput, arising from neck or extending to it ; from edge of orbit towards nose or upward to forehead, or into orbits.
Tearing pain in whole head, now here, now there, in forehead and temples.
Stitches in forehead.
Sudden stitches from eyes to forehead.
Berberis has Darting and shooting pains in head, often changing their locality.
A peculiar cold sensation in right temple.
Heat in head after dinner, or in afternoon, and from exertion.
A puffy sensation in whole head.
A feeling in head as if it was becoming larger.
Fulness in head with sensation as if head was enlarged.
Headache aggravated by movement or stooping, > in open air.
Headache : accompanied by hepatic or rheumatic arthritic complaints ; or with affections of urinary organs ; or with menstrual derangements.


In skin of head and face a tension as if it was bloated, or covered with a cap, or benumbed, with difficulty to move it.
Tension of scalp and skin, as if swollen.
Itching, with burning and stitches on scalp and face, more on occiput, especially in evening, and changing its place after scratching.
Hot temples and cold cheeks.
Biting, gnawing on scalp and face.
Burning, pricking along edge of hair on head.
Single pimples on scalp and face, more on occiput, forehead and temples.


C. Hering
Hering got the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuezburg with highest honours. The theme of his thesis was "De'Medicina Futura" (The medicine of future). Hering left Germany for West Indies and finally arrived at Philadelphia in Jan, 1833. He established a homeopathic school at Allentown, Pennsylvania, commonly known as "Allentown Academy". Soon he became very popular as a physician. He is known as the 'Father of Homeopathy' in America.

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