A tincture is prepared from the fresh root of Bryonia alba, L.
In large doses a violent hydragogue cathartic. It also (like its botanical ally, Colocynth) produces sharp pains. It causes inflammation of various organs, particularly of serous membranes and lungs, and gives rise to a fever of a rather low type. Its marked peculiarity is a disinclination to make any effort and great aggravations from motion of any sort.
Iodine, Belladonna, Verat-v., Colchicum, Ledum, Coloc., Lycopodium, Arnica, Phosphorus, Carbo-v. Sulph
Unsteadiness of all parts of body when walking, (<) after rising from a seat and on beginning to walk, (>) continued walking. Trembling of the part on disappearance of the pain, with coldness of face. Anxious tossing about of hands and feet until 1 A.M., she lies as if unconscious, with cold sweat on forehead, with sighing, then weakness. Convulsions, with tonic contractions of extremities, Opisthotonos, immobility of thorax and on inspiration remarkable depression of pit of stomach.
Stitches; in joints on motion and on touch; over whole body; in affected parts upon pressure; here and there, especially in r. eye and l. arm; jerking, here and there, on vertex, wrists and elbows, especially in places on forehead, with sensitiveness of teeth; in evening in anterior and posterior direction through middle of chest and above navel. Tearing across forehead, then in cervical muscles, then in r. arm; in head and limbs, afterwards in chest and abdomen; in r. shoulder, in knees and toes; in various parts, especially in toes and r. shoulder, with feeling as if motion were difficult. Bruised or suppurating pain in whole body when taken hold of (Arnica), especially in pit of stomach, and (<) morning; B. feeling in morning, especially in r. hip, with lame feeling.
Pressing in whole body, especially on chest. Pain in every part, (<) on r. side; in teeth and limbs, (<) lying down and last till sleep; in joints, (<) after walking; in several parts, in metacarpus, metatarsus, ribs and clavicles; here and there in body when walking, and in l. knee, l. hip and in loins; during rest, are (>) after motion, others arise during motion and are (<) during rest; wandering, gradually becoming seated in l. shoulder; over whole body, as if the flesh were too loose.
Drawing pains here and there; especially in sinewy expansions; at 10 P.M. in bed, wandering through all limbs and joints, especially in l. middle ribs, where it caused stitches, impeding respiration; in periosteum of all bones in forenoon, causing apprehension, as in onset of ague. In almost all limbs and joints, with tension, the pain most sensitive in l. wrist, now in knees, now ankles and neck, remaining longest in l. shoulder- joint, with sensation of paralysis (during motion), afterwards the same pains also in neck, with drawing scraping in long bones, combined with stitches. Drawing rheumatic pains in various parts at different times during the day, especially at insertion of l. ligamentum patellae, anteriorly on r. leg and in nape. Drawing in lumbar region and in temporal bones, (<) after eating, with pressing; in temporal muscles, and in muscles of upper arm and here and there in body; painless, back and forth in affected parts.
(Painful throbbing in all vessels.) Anxiety in morning, which seemed to rise from abdomen, as if a purge had been taken and as if the breathing were too short. Attack as if the ailment rose up and took away breath and speech. General sick feeling. Dis- comfort, with weariness, so that even the clothes were oppressive. Lameness; with desire to keep quiet. Soreness of old bruises; in morning of every part on which he lies. Sensibility (<) in evening. Necessity to bend forward when walking. Restlessness; of affected part.
Weariness; in morning; on rising, (<) in forenoon while walking (Phosphorus), so that he drags himself about, with weakness in knees and legs on ascending stairs; in morning on waking, (>) rising and dressing; in morning after rising, with heaviness; in forenoon; in afternoon; in afternoon, then two liquid stools without tenesmus; towards evening; on slightest exertion, also with general sweat on walking; when sitting, (>) walking; when walking; when walking in a room, (>) walking in open air; walking in open air, (<) ascending steps; (>) a hearty supper; with aching in arms and legs, with sinking down of arms if she works, and with difficulty in ascending steps; with anxiety; as if quickly cooled by a rain after a fatiguing, heated walk, at 4 P.M., in the house, on approach of a storm, with chilliness, bruised sensation and wandering pains, as after taking a similar cold.
Faintness on rising from bed, with cold sweat and rumbling in abdomen. Does not like open air as well as formerly. Aggravation on every motion. A. after waking from midday sleep, with ill humor. Amelioration in evening from emission of flatus; A. while laying. Disappearance of symptoms after a short rest in bed, except the weakness and depressed mood.
Delirious; talking about his business; prattling about business to be attended to (Opium), at day break, (>) when the pain begins; D. talk at night; talking on waking. Furious delirium, then coma, with occasional subsultus tendinum. Delirious, frightful fantasy at 10 P.M. of soldiers cutting him down, he was on the point of escaping, with heat and sweat (without thirst), the delirium (>) uncovering and getting cool. Attempts to escape from bed (Belladonna). Mental illusion, her head seems too heavy. Nervous excitement; at noon.
Anxiety, apprehension for the future; anxiety in evening on lying down, from constriction of chest; (>) open air; in whole body, forcing him to do something constantly. Ill humor (Rhus- t.), with needless anxiety. Everything puts him out of humor. Ill humor during and after a meal; after a meal, with discomfort. Irritable, weeping mood; (and desire to be alone). Fretful, she imagines that she cannot accomplish her work, constantly takes up the wrong piece, is inclined to take another, then aching in forehead. Angry at contradiction. Quarrelsome. Inclined to scold. Taciturn. Hesitating. Discontented. Despondent; (and disinclined to think, with exhausted mental power); afterwards cheerful. Over-busy. Indolent.
Weakness of mind; so that his ideas disappear, as if he would faint, (<) standing, with heat in face. Imagination sluggish, it is impossible to make plans for the future, but the judgment is unimpaired. Thoughts vanish suddenly on attentive reading. Want of memory, with loss of reflecting powers. Unconsciousness of what she is doing (in a room), (<) when lying; of what she is doing (in a room), everything falls from her hands.
Stitches through on stepping hard, mostly from before backward; through H. when coughing. It goes through the head when coughing. Pressure on coughing; (on stepping). Aching; in morning; beginning in morning on first opening and moving eyes; in morning on waking, also especially in upper part of forehead, extending after rising to supraorbital region, (>) afternoon; in forenoon, especially in forehead and vertex; in afternoon, more on one side, with pain in eye of same side; towards evening, with incipient coryza; after eating, and on walking pressing outward in forehead; (<) touch, mostly in forepart; (<) riding; on waking, especially over l. eye, after rising the pan extended towards vertex and occiput; in morning after rising, a twitching drawing in malar and maxillary bones; more a twitching than a throbbing, with hot face; as from a weight in head, as if he would incline it to either side, with pressure outward in brain and desire to lie down; as if something pressed skull as under, pulsating; as from compression, before daylight, (<) raising eyes, with heaviness and stitches in it and inability to rise; pressing together, with jerks in brain like pulsation; throbbing, more rapid on motion, she thinks she hears it, affecting eyes so that she cannot see well; oppressive in afternoon; stupefying, in evening.
Confusion; in morning; in morning on waking, with aching, as after intoxication, with disinclination to rise; in forenoon; after rising from bed; before sleep, with drawing in occiput extending into neck; while riding over a rough road; after eating, with heaviness; (<) walking, (>) sitting quietly; (>) moving in open air; (>) empty eructations; till sleep; with pain in forehead; and pain in temples, now in occiput, now in forehead; sudden; as if in a vise; dizzy; increasing to aching, especially in l. temple, the pain (<) at 5 P.M., accompanied then by nauseous vomiting, sensitiveness of smell and hissing in l. ear as of boiling water, all (>) riding in a wagon.
Stupefaction. Dullness, with difficulty in reflecting. Fulness, (<) turning head. Heaviness; with pressure forward of whole brain; dizzy, on sitting (stooping) and reading, (>) raising head. Lightness, with wobbling in ears. Rush of blood; then pressing together of temples. Felt as if drunk and would lie down.
Vertigo; in morning on waking, with weakness; in forenoon; on raising head (Phosphorus), from inclining it forward; on turning head; after eating; while walking, with reeling of all objects and prostration; with fulness of head; with weakness in limbs; in morning on rising, as if head were turning in a circle; on rising from a chair, everything turns, (>) after walking; in afternoon as if brain were turning around; like a whirling if she sits up in bed, with nausea in middle of chest as if faintness would ensue (Phosphorus); when standing, as if everything whirled about; so that he nearly fell backward at 8 P.M. on standing; as from drunkenness and as from rush of blood to head; in attacks while walking in open air, (>) sitting down; sudden, towards noon; sudden, after having a tooth extracted.
Stitches; to occiput; above r. brow; in forepart, with confusion of head; itching, in r. muscles. Digging in forepart of brain, (<) stopping and rapid walking, with fatigue from walking. Pain; in forenoon; in evening; after continued reading; (<) stooping; (<) motion, and in occiput; after motion, especially towards brows; above l. eye, then in occipital protuberances, spreading thence over whole body, the pain becoming so severe on quick motion and after eating that it seemed like a pulsation in head. Pain in l. side and in occiput, with tension in r. side of neck below mastoid process at 4 P.M. Pain as if everything would fall out; as if pressing outward from above downward, (<) evening on stooping, and in l. eyeball. Pressure outward on stooping, with stitches; outward over l. orbit, extending into brain, changing to a pressure on eyeball from above inward. Constrictive pain in afternoon after a nap, (>) washing with cold water, with heaviness in head. Drawing pain, with confusion o head; D. pain in sinciput and pressure in occiput; above r. eyebrow; over r. eye, then in diseased r. tooth, then the headache returned and spread over forehead; in r. eminence at 6 P.M., with tension and posteriorly on r. parietal bone, then alternating with the same pain in same places on l. side; in l. side in morning; in l. half above eyebrow, with tension, also as if a bud slowly unfolded in forehead; intermittent, over l. eyebrow. Drawing distending pain in l. half of F. and occiput while walking about room. Throbbing pain, so that he must lie down; hollow, and in occiput. Pain as from a burn over l. eye, (>) pressure, and on l. side of nose. Compression above eyes. Pressive sensation in sinciput without pain. Confusion. Tension in muscles under skin on moving eyes. Whirling in r. side, with a stitch in l. side of it.
Stitches through, on walking in open air; sudden, to forehead; twitching, sometimes extending over l. parietal region. Tearing; sometimes extending to occiput, sometimes to petrous portion of temporal bones, and frequently changing its position. Pain: and in frontal region alternating with pain in finger and wrist- joints, and with griping in abdomen; in r.; r. then l. Pressing- out pain; l.; from both T. towards forehead. Pressing together in bones, alternating with drawing pain occipital protuberances. Throbbing outward pain towards T. on going to bed. Pain as if pulled by the hair. Intermittent drawing pain near l. eye. Drawing in bends towards zygoma, (<) l., afterwards this returned and extended to l. jaw; in both towards malar-bones; in l., with pressing; then copious pasty stools. Tensive twisting pain in single muscle fibres of r. Gurgling.
Increase of pain under V., with soreness of scalp over the same, and bruised soreness of vertex. Throbbing pain in morning on waking. Beating, with beating and fulness in cerebellum. Burning pain in a spot. Weight. Dull motions, and in forehead, causing vertigo and cessation of ideas.
Throbbing in r., perceptible to hand. Stitch deep in l. side of brain on coughing. Tearing; l.; in r. parietal bone as by a sharp hook. Digging in a spot in r. half of brain, extending down along both jaw bones, or tearing, with pain in a submaxillary gland. Pain above and behind l. ear; throbbing-drawing pulsating, in parietal bone, extending to forehead; sudden drawing-throbbing, in r. parietal eminence in forenoon, (>) pressure; pressing-together, on both. Sensation as if pressed together from both ears.
Pain; in l. lower part at 4 P.M., (<) touch; (>) towards noon, with drawing down into neck, but in afternoon pressure in temporal bones and frequently in forehead and occiput; sharp P. in l. protuberance, coming and going suddenly; tensive, in both sides.
Pain like a heaviness which pressed upon a sore spot in morning when lying on back, extending to shoulders. Pressure in both sides; on l. side, with sticking in l. heel. Soreness to touch on one side. Numbness, with enlarged feeling.
Scalp. – Hair seems fatty in morning and hands become fatty while combing. Drawn tightly and sensitive. Sensitive towards evening. Sensation as if posterior half were spasmodically contracted, which caused tension in anterior half. Smarting erosion on occiput at night. Crawling on both sides of ears, with creeping. Itching; while combing.
Clinical 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.
Sudden swelling of one, with pain, discharge of pus, and the conjunctiva is dark red and swollen. Aching all about r. in evening in open air, especially on lower margin of orbit. Pain as if burnt, extending outward into l. Pressure; with burning itching in lids; painful, (<) r., with redness and swelling of lids; as from a hand or as from a room full of smoke, in morning on waking. Sensation as of sand in r., in afternoon. Biting as of sand (?), which causes rubbing. Burning of r., with lachrymation.
Lachrymation; in open air; with redness of white of eye and agglutination of external canthus; with itching of lids. Intermittent pain in l. ball, (<) moving ball, with feeling as if the eye became smaller and were retracted within orbit. Pressure on ball, more from above downward. Throbbing in r. ball. Pupils dilated.
Lids. – Swelling of r. upper; of lower, with pain; in morning, with agglutination; (<) r. with redness; with redness and pressure. Redness of lower, with inflammation of it and twitching of upper. Twitching drawing together in l. upper, with heaviness. Twitching of r. upper; of upper and of r. eye. Agglutination in morning; with burning biting in r. canthi; in morning, and after forcible opening vision as through a veil. Feel agglutinated in morning, red, and swollen, and feel as if rubbed and heated. Pressure above lids towards evening. Burning of r. Itching on border of l. upper, with burning and tearing; sticking, on margin of r., (>) scratching; sticking, below r. upper, as from a stiff hair, (>) rubbing.
Canthi – Sore pain in l. internal, with smarting. burning in external, on touch. Itching in r. inner, (<) by rubbing, which causes lachrymation; in l. external, not (>) rubbing, with biting. Itching-biting in l. external; in l. internal, as from sand, at 3 P.M.
Orbits – Stitches in brows; in upper border of r. O., with heaviness in eye and itching on lid. Drawing pinching in r. brow, with itching in l. brow. Aching in l., with pulsation; A. deep in r., (<) pressure on ball; in supraorbital ridge in a spot of the size of a needle; in r. supraorbital ridge in a spot of the size of a needle; in r. supraorbital region, extending to l. side; contractive, in muscles of r. brow.
Vision misty; in l. eye. Weak in morning, letters run together if she attempts to read. Presbyopia. Flickering before r. eye on looking out of the window after a moderate dinner, then every object seemed covered with rainbow colors, on closing the eye appearance of a jagged, broken iridescent stripe, which on keeping the eye closed a long time became of a blinding white color, then weakness of eye, then photophobia and confusion of head.
Clinical Congestion and soreness of the eye (sympathetic). Inflammation of the eye, especially of internal parts, iritis, choroiditis, glaucoma, etc., the eyeball very painful, full feeling, pains extending to back of head.
Discharge of blood. Stitches; now in one, now in other, on going into open air and on entering house; in r. meatus auditorius; (on convex surface of r. when touched). Pressure on cartilage of r.; in r. concha. Sensation as if a finger were pressed into external meatus, (<) stooping to read. Pain about l.; drawing, in r.; constrictive, in meatus auditorius, at first (>) removing wax, but always returning with difficult hearing; as if burnt, extending out at l. ear. Stopped sensation. (Sensitiveness of whole union with skull); and of border of ear.
(Sensitiveness extends from convex to concave surface, with redness of latter, heat of ear, swelling of external meatus, pain in convex surface, stitches piercing deep into ear, diminished hearing, ringing, difficulty in chewing, pain in bony parts above ear, inability to lie on r. side at night, next day noise before ear as of boiling water, pressure upon ear and warmth were pleasant, cracking in ear upon blowing nose, restlessness at night, next day stitches, (<) every step, the pain (<) cold air, stoppage of ear, the swelling and pain extending over a part of parotid gland to zygoma, stitches extending into head and external part of neck, chilliness in evening, with acceleration of the otherwise small pulse, the lower tones of music seeming incorrect and reversed, inability to find any place to lay his head. Without tension of the skin over parotid, which caused sleeplessness, sensitiveness of parotid to touch of steel bows of spectacles, which also caused burning, with tearing in two lower teeth, continued swelling of ear, redness, towards evening creeping shivering over back, external ear standing out from base of ear, the skin, especially on margin, thickened, dry, white with scales, insensible to touch but itching, contraction of meatus, thickening of antitragus, cracking in internal ear when blowing nose, hawking, etc., the swelling extending to lower eyelids and r. side of neck, pain like electric shocks in first r. lower molar ((>) for a time by drinking cold water), next morning chill in back and limbs, with small, rapid, depressed pulse).
(Sensitiveness of parotid, with swelling and stitches, then stitch in middle ear, with warmth in ear and sensation as if an abscess were bursting, then ringing in ears and itching in concave surfaces of ears, afterwards stitches, especially in region of articulation of jaw, on sensation of swelling in throat, with stitches and noises in r. ear, pain in forehead, pasty taste, stools irregular, in afternoon stitches in the hitherto healthy l. ear.)
Hearing difficult in l., as if stopped. Ringing, with difficult hearing; R. as of small bells in front of l. Chirping in head, as of locusts. Humming; before r. Roaring; (<) r.; with rapid pulse; in l. like water pouring over a dam. Sudden noise in l., then in r., as of a distant windmill.
Swelling, with bleeding; S. of l. side of tip, with twitching pain in it, and on touch feeling as if it would ulcerate. Ulcer within r. nostril, with biting pain. Crawling in septum, (<) blowing it, with tickling.
Coryza, (>) in open air; C. with stitches in head and sensation as if everything pressed out at forehead ((<) stooping); stopped; sudden, stopped, with roaring in l. ear and sensation as if something were before it, which diminishes hearing. Closure of r. nostril, with opening of l. and tendency to watery discharge. Fluent coryza; with chilliness in skin, stretching of limbs and frequent yawning; with greenish discharge. Thin discharge from l. nostril; thin light-colored discharge from r. nostril. Profuse coryza. Severe C., with pain in forehead. Profuse fluent C., with much sneezing; so that he speaks through the nose, with chilliness; causing a restless night. Discharge of consistent whitish-yellow mucus, smelling like bread. Much mucus in nose and bronchi.
Sneezing; (<) stroking hand across forehead; twice when coughing. Frequent S.; in forenoon; in afternoon; in evening; at 10 P.M. Violent S.; in morning; in morning, with yawning. Bleeding; for a quarter of an hour in morning after rising (Carbo-v., Phosphorus); daily; at 3 A.M., waking him; from r. nostril; from r. after vertigo; from l. nostril in morning; then ulcerated nostrils.