BERBERIS VULGARIS


BERBERIS VULGARIS symptoms from Manual of the Homeopathic Practice by Charles Julius Hempel. What are the uses of the homeopathy remedy BERBERIS VULGARIS…


INTRODUCTION

BERBERIS VULGARIS. Barberry. See Journal fur Arzneimittellehre, I., I. Duration of Action; several weeks.

COMPARE WITH

Aloes., Arsenicum, Asa-f, Bryonia, Calcarea, Carbo vegetabilis, Chamomilla, China, Lycopodium, Natr-mur., nitr-ac., Nux-v., Pulsatilla, Rheum., Tart-em.

ANTIDOTES.

Camph. According to Buchner, Barberry antidotes Aconite

GENERAL SYMPTOMS

Itching, corrosive sensation here and there. Smarting pain, as from excoriation (on the genial organs). lacerating pains (head, eyes, ears, cheeks, upper-jaw, lips, teeth, neck, abdomen, mons- veneris, chest, back, extremities). Lancinating, darting pains, (head, eyes, ears, teeth, tongue, stomach, abdomen, inguinal region and region of the bladder, extremities). Tensive aching pains(bones, head, eyes, nape of the neck, chest, inguinal and vesical region, small of the back, extremities). Feeling of coldness in various parts. Bubbling sensation in various parts. jerking pains here and there. Burning sensation in various parts of the body. Bone-pains, distention of joints. Lymphatic swellings on the tendon. Feeling of anxiety during movement, long standing, rising from a seat, or early in the morning, when sitting up in the bed or rising. General languor and debility, increased by walking or standing for some time, feeling of exhaustion, even after slight exertion only; languor, even unto trembling; slow, feeble pulse. General feeling as if bruised in the whole body, particularly in the lower limbs, and more especially after stooping for some time. Weakness, almost amounting to fainting, when walking, standing, or rising, sometimes accompanied with vertigo; condition of fainting while walking after rising in a carriage; fainting turn after a walk, with sudden seething of the blood, sweat, heat of the upper half of the body; coldness, paleness, and sunken, appearance of the face, oppression of the chest shortly before going to bed, shivering while entering the bed, difficulty in falling asleep, restless tossing about, and heavy dreams. *Arthritic and rheumatic complaints, connected with affections of the urinary organs, or haemorrhoidal affections, or menstrual derangement, complaints which are, either aggravated or excited by movement, fatigue, riding in a carriage or on horseback, coition, spirituous drinks.

CHARACTERISTIC PECULIARITIES

The pains are either excited or aggravated by movement. The pains are more particularly experienced on the left side. The pains are frequently most violent in the afternoon.

SKIN

Burning pricking, as of mosquitoes, in the skin of the head, Corrosive itching and stinging in the scalp and face, felt repeatedly in various places. Small, dingy-red, petechial, sometimes slightly itching or burning spots on the fore-arms, or on the dorsum of the hand. Blotches like nettle-rash on the upper arm. Clusters of red, burning itching or stinging, also gnawing pimples on the skin, painful when pressed upon, generally surrounded with a vividly-red areola, and surmounted by small tips containing pus, lastly changing to brown spots, resembling hepatic spots. Painful, intensely-red and inflamed pimples on the mucous membrane of the cheeks and lips, with ulceration in the centre, Vesicles on the lower lip, of the size of a pea or smaller; blisters on the tongue and gums. Soreness of the skin around the anus, with violent burning, severe pain to the touch, and great sensitiveness when sitting, terminating in the formation of a crust around the border to the anus. Soreness of the anus, after a walk of several hours.

SLEEP

Great weariness and drowsiness in the daytime and evening. Unusually long sleep, with a feeling of languor and as if bruised, with oppressive headache, pain in the small of the back and loins. REpeated waking at night, with tightness in the head, congestion of blood to the head, and nervous irritation. Restless sleep, disturbed with itching and burning, or with anxious dreams; sleep full of dreams, restless. Bodily and mental languor, early in the morning on waking.

FEVER

Chilliness, particularly before or after dinner, with icy-cold feet, dryness and viscidity of the mouth, without thirst. Chilliness along the back. Chills over the whole body, with subsequent heat and increase of thirst. Feeling of chilliness on the whole body, with heat in the face and icy-cold feet. Heat in the hands and head, in the afternoon. Feeling of heat the whole body. Violent flush of heat in the face; particularly in the evening. Profuse night, sweat.

MORAL SYMPTOMS

Mental languor, with difficulty to collect one’s senses,

and weakness of thought. Want of disposition to work dizziness; indifferent calm, sometimes even apathetic mood. Disposition to weep. Out of humor. Anxious mood, with great fearfulness and tendency to start. Great anguish and uneasiness.

HEAD

Giddiness and dizziness in the head, when walking, or at work, with weakness, as if he would faint in stooping. Feeling of intoxication in the head. Empty and muddled sensation in the head; stupid and dizzy feeling in the head. Early in the morning the head feels dull and heavy, sometimes with languor, ill humor, and chilliness; feeling of heaviness and fullness, particularly the sinciput.Sensation as if the head were swollen and bloated. Feeling of tension and numbness in the skin of the head and face. Oppressive, or oppressive tensive pain in the whole head, particularly the fore part; dull aching or stinging pain in the head. Oppressive dragging, tensive pain in the forehead, increased or excited by stooping, relieved in the open air. Pressing pain in the forehead and temples, from within outwards. Oppressive pain in the temporal regions, in the direction of the eyes. Lacerating pain in the whole head. Sticking pains in the head, generally darting or shooting, or in paroxysms. Lancinating pain in the forehead and temples. Increased warmth in the head; heat in the head after dinner, and in the afternoon. Peculiar feeling of coldness in the temporal region. The pains are relieved in the open air air and aggravated by movement.

EYES

Sunken eyes, surrounded with blue or dingy-gray borders. Itching in the eye-brows and eye-lids, burning, biting, or stinging; itching in the canthi of the eyes, sometimes biting or stinging. Heaviness in the eye-lids when moving them. Feeling as if the lids were swollen. Heat in the face in the evening, mostly in and around the eyes; heat, burning, and redness of the inner surface of the lids. Continual dryness of the eyes. Dryness and biting or burning, sometimes with a sensation as if sand were in the eyes, with occasional slight redness of the conjunctiva of the lids and even the eye-ball. Inflammation of those canthi

which the lachrymal glands are situated; sensation of coldness in the eyes. Pressure and burning in the eyes. Intermittent, painful lacerating in the eye-ball. Bubbling in the eye. Dartings in the eyes. The eyes are sensitive to bright light. Most of the eye-symptoms seem to become worse in the open air; movement of the eye-balls excites or aggravates the pains.

EARS

Heat or itching in the ears. Drawing pains in the ears, terminating in severe stitches. Lacerating and lancinating pain in the inner ears, alternating with similar phenomena in other parts of the head. Pressing pain with stitches in the ear, as if the parts were being dug up by something. Painless beating with pressure, and buzzing in the ears, particularly the left, with dryness and a feeling of coldness of the ear. Lancinations through the tympanum at intervals, causing one to start, mingled with fine digging-up stitches and a sensation as if the ears were full. Stitches in the ear.

NOSE

Frequent tingling, biting, or itching in the nostril. Profuse coryza, with oppression of the chest, particularly at night. Dryness of the mucous membrane of the nose. Catarrh of the nose, lasting for months.

FACE

Striking paleness of the face, with a dingy-grayish tinge, sunken cheeks and deep-seated eyes surrounded with bluish or blackish-gray borders. Frequently returning evanescent heat of the countenance, with redness. Cool cheeks and hot temples. Pressing sticking pains in the jaws, particularly in the lower jaw, more especially at night.

TEETH

Sight bleeding of the gums. Dingy-red border of the gums. Sensation in the teeth as if too long, too large or dull. Scraping gnawing pain in the roots and on the body of all the lower molars. Ulcers on the gums. Lacerating pain in the upper molars. Darting through the teeth, with sensation as if the gums were loose, and as if the teeth were raised out of their sockets.

MOUTH

Burning about the mouth and chin. Simple, or else biting or burning itching in the lips, going off by rubbing. The mouth feels dry and sticky. Bad, metallic smell from the mouth. Stinging-burning sensation on the tongue, with painfulness to the touch. Painful white blister on the tip of the tongue, violently-stinging, small, red pimples on the tongue, the forepart of which is stiff and somewhat thick.

THROAT

Dryness in the throat and feeling of pressure in the posterior region of there palate and fauces. Scraping in the throat. The pain is either excited or increased by talking or swallowing, and is accompanied with redness of the tonsil. Inflammation of the throat, with stiffness of the neck, hoarseness, and burning in the throat.

APPETITE AND TASTE

Increased thirst and dryness of the mouth. Hunger without appetite. Increased appetite, almost like canine hunger. Loss of appetite, with taste bitter as bile. Bitter, sour taste; long- continuing, bitter, scraping burning taste, particularly in the palate. Bad, qualmish taste in the mouth, as if coming out of the stomach, like heartburn.

GASTRIC SYMPTOMS

Nausea and inclination to vomit before breakfast, disappearing after breakfast, nausea and languor. Empty eructations; bilious eructations. Singultus. Intensely stinging burning taste; peculiar pain in the stomach, resembling heartburn sometimes rising into the oesophagus.

STOMACH

Violent, continued, lancinating, colicky pains in the upper part of the abdomen, in the stomach and left hypochondrium, increased by respiration, movement, and contact, in the evening on going to bed; with shortness of breath and distention of the abdomen. Whirling sensation in the region of the stomach. Pressure in the stomach, a few hours after a meal.

ABDOMEN

Distention of the abdomen. Drawing-lacerating or lancinating pain in the left hypochondrium, with sensation on taking an inspiration as if something were torn loose. Sticking pain with pressure in that region of the liver, near the gall-bladder; pressure in the region of the liver, in the border of the false ribs. Dull sticking or stinging, or burning, gnawing, aching pain on one side of the umbilicus, increased by deep pressure, and passing either to the right lumbar region, or else to the inguinal, hepatic, splenetic region, or to the region of the stomach. Lancinating pain in the abdomen. Drawing pain in the abdomen. Cutting-jerking pains in the umbilical region, or superficial lancinating pain in that region, sometimes extending towards the lumbar region. Sticking, darting, or else pressing sticking, or tensive sticking, or oppressive dragging-pain, in the inguinal region, aggravated by walking. Cutting contractive pain in the inguinal ring from without inwards. Externally; violent burning pain under the skin in the left side of the abdomen; wandering-lacerating or lancinating pains in the walls of the abdomen, particularly in the hypochondrium in direction of the umbilicus.

STOOL AND ANUS

Hard, scanty stool; tinged with blood. Copious faecal diarrhoea with a good deal of pressing; copious liquid stool, with constant colic. Watery evacuation. Burning-stinging pain in the anus before, during, and after stool. Tensive pressing in the small of the back and anus after stool, sensation as if he would go to stool again. Painful pressure in the perinaeum. Sensation of fullness in the anus. Pressing in the anus, frequently returning irritation in the anus, or smarting pain as if the parts were excoriated, or at times simple itching, and at times a burning titillation in the anus and in the surrounding parts, transitory stinging or beating pain in the anus. Continual violent burning pain and soreness as from excoriation at the anus. Haemorrhoidal tumors with burning pain make their appearance several times after stool.

URINE

Oppressive-tensive, or lancinating pain in the region of the kidneys. Sensation in the kidneys as from ulceration. The pains in the region of the kidney are generally worse when stooping and rising again, and when sitting or lying down than when standing. Painful cutting, extending from the left kidney in the direction of the ureter into the region of the bladder and the urethra; violent sticking pain in the bladder, extending from the kidneys into the urethra, increased by strong pressure, with urging to urinate. Burning-itching, biting, or smarting pain in the region of the bladder. Crampy contractive pain in the region of the bladder. Continuous, frequently contractive pain in the region of the bladder, both when the bladder is full and empty. Stitch in the urethra, extending into the bladder. Titillating pain in the urethra. The pains in the urethra are either excited or aggravated by movement. Urging to urinate. Pale, yellowish urine with weak, transparent, jelly-like sediment, or else turbid, flocculent urine, with a more copious mucous sediment, covered with a white, or grayish-white, or reddish bran-like sediment, or yellow-red crystals upon the sediment and the walls of the vessel. The emission is accompanied with violent pains in the kidneys; the urine looks red as if inflamed, and deposits a copious sediment.

MALE GENITAL ORGANS

Most of the pains in the genital organs are excited and aggravated by movement. Depression of the sexual instinct; burning pain as from excoriation in the penis. Stinging in the glans. Pain in the spermatic cord, which is at times dragging, at times lancinating, and then smarting as from excoriation, and frequently extends into the testicles. Soft swelling of the spermatic cord. Lancinating or smarting pain as from excoriation, or smarting burning pain in the testicles, the pain is generally very intense. Burning, itching, and tingling of the scrotum; pain of the scrotum as if sore, particularly of one side, and more especially the left. Shrivelling and coldness of the scrotum, with aching pain.

FEMALE GENITAL ORGANS

Smarting pain as from excoriation in the vagina. Feeling of burning and soreness in the vagina, particularly in the fore part. The menses are very scanty and painful, the blood is more like serum; in the commencement they are accompanied with a good deal of chilliness, pain in the small of the back and head, violent lacerating in the whole body. The menses are very scanty, and intermitting of a gray mucus with labor-like or ulcerative pains, ill humor and tensive pains in the muscles.

LARYNX

Hoarseness, with pain or inflammation of the tonsils. Rawness, or scraping sensation in the chest. Short, dry cough, with deep sticking pain behind the sternum, which is increased by a deep inspiration.

CHEST

Pain in the mammae. Feeling of subcutaneous ulceration and swelling in the lateral region of the chest near the scapulae. Oppressed breathing. Sticking pain between the scapulae, increased by deep breathing. Stitches (lancinations, dartings, intermittent-continuous), in the sides of the chest. Painful dragging-sticking in the region of the heart, outwards and downwards. Palpitation of the heart.

BACK

Painful stiffness of the neck, with tensive burning, or lacerating-sticking, or lancinating pains in the neck. Lacerating pain in the side of the neck. Itching in the nape of the neck. Drawing and lacerating in the scapulae. Lancinations from the lower region of the dorsal vertebrae through the chest, arresting the breathing. itching in the lumbar region. Digging pain with pressure, or gnawing pain in the lumbar region, as of an abscess would form. Sticking pain, or sticking pain with pressure in the lumbar region, in the region of the kidney, in the side of the abdomen, in the region of the bladder, or the inguinal region; aching, or tensive, lacerating or lacerating- sticking in the region of the loins and kidneys, in the posterior region of the pelvis, the thighs, and sometimes extending even down into the calves, with a feeling of lameness or swelling in the back, in the lower extremities. Itching in the small of the back, burning pain, or digging pain with pressure, or sticking pain in the small of the back. Drawing, lacerating in the small of the back. Feeling of lameness and as if bruised in the small of the back, felt on waking, worse when sitting or lying down.

ARMS

Feeling of languor and lameness in the arms, which increases to a pain when making an exertion. Pain as if sprained in the shoulder-joint, or else pain as of subcutaneous ulceration. Itching. Burning and burning stitches. Stinging in the arms and hands. Smarting-lacerating pain in the arms and fingers. Drawing and pressure in the arms and hands. Painful lacerating in the arms, extending into the fingers. Drawing- tensive sensation, aching pain, and wandering-lacerating in the muscular parts of the arm. Slight redness of the tips of the fingers, with frequent itching in the joints, as if they had been slightly frozen.

LEGS

Emaciation of the lower extremities. Feeling of weariness and as if bruised in the lower extremities, sometimes with heaviness and a feeling of lameness and stiffness; dull aching pain as if bruised in the calves. Feeling of coldness, or of warmth. Buzzing sensation in the calves, as if they had gone to sleep. Simple or else burning biting, prickling itching. Smarting as from excoriation. Simple pains as if sore in the bend of the hip- joint, or in the outer parts of the thigh, accompanied with burning in the bend of the knee, or in the toes, with pale redness in the toes as if frozen. Burning or burning stitches. Sticking pulsative pain. Crampy sensation in the outer parts of the thigh, legs, and feet. Aching pain in the bed of the knee, with sensation as if the ham-strings were shortened, as if the knee were stiff and swollen, aggravated by bending, and particularly by extending the knee. Pain in the tibia as if the bone would become enlarged, tensive aching, or pressing, sometimes accompanied with burning. Drawing tension with lame feeling on rising. Lancinating pain in the lower extremities. Pain in the toes as if ulcerated and contused. Pain as if sprained (partly with lacerating) in the metacarpal joints of the toes, with sensation of swelling, increased by contact. Violent pain in the inner side of the knee-joint near the patella, penetrating into the bend of the knee, and behind the patella through the joint, as if the part were violently swollen, on bending the knee.

Charles Julius Hempel
Charles Julius Hempel (5 September 1811 Solingen, Prussia - 25 September 1879 Grand Rapids, Michigan) was a German-born translator and homeopathic physician who worked in the United States. While attending medical lectures at the University of New York, where he graduated in 1845, he became associated with several eminent homeopathic practitioners, and soon after his graduation he began to translate some of the more important works relating to homeopathy. He was appointed professor of materia medica and therapeutics in the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia in 1857.