Respiratory symptoms of homeopathic remedy Bryonia Alba, described by Van Denburg in his book, Therapeutics of Respiratory system, cough & coryza, published in 1916….




No cough.

Sneezing between coughs.

Profuse coryza, with much sneezing and chilliness; discharge, thin, light-colored, watery, or greenish.

Tendency to nosebleed.

Roughness, scraping, and a swollen feeling in the throat.

Stitches in throat on swallowing.


Thin, watery, light-colored, or greenish: usually profuse.

Hawking of much mucus from the throat; he fears he will suffocate.

Much phlegm comes down from chondri.


In the room and at night.


Talking and smoking.

Cold to warm air.


In open, cold air.

Drinking cold water.


Tendency to nosebleed, especially during sleep.

Vicarious nosebleed.

Hoarseness, with inclination to sweat; hoarseness of singers.



Dry, spasmodic cough, principally at night; from deep breathing.

After eating or drinking, with vomiting of food.

Coming into warm room.

Hacking cough from a definite spot in the trachea.

Spasmodic, as if head and chest would fly to pieces.

Spasmodic, dry cough, as from the upper part of the trachea.

Shaking whole body with pain in head and abdomen.

Dry, severe cough, as if coming from the stomach; from crawling at pit of stomach.

Severe, racking cough, with stitches in chest.

Stitching pains with the dry cough; must support the chest with the hand while coughing; head feels as if it would split.

Hoarse, tracheal cough; springs up at once as soon as cough begins.


None, cough dry. Tough mucus that is loosened only after severe coughing.

Greenish, or yellowish, difficult mucus.

Light yellow, or rust-colored, thick, lumpy, jelly-like mucus, very difficult to loosen.


In morning.

From touch, or motion.

From cold to warm air.

From eating and drinking, which may give nausea and vomiting.

Lying (or better, lying on painful side).

From talking, laughing, and smoking.


From firm, even pressure.

From lying on painful side.

Cold air and drinks; expiration.

THROAT- Dry and raw on empty swallowing, and is momentarily better from cold drinks.

Sensation of crumb lodged at rim of larynx.

RESPIRATION- Feeling as if something in chest should expand and would not.

Constant disposition to sigh deeply: Asthma.

Quick, difficult, anxious breathing from stitches in chest; aggravated by breathing, cough, or least motion: Pleurisy.

Shortness of breath, aggravated by least motion.


Of a crumb on rim of larynx; or a spot in trachea.

Stitching pains in chest and other parts when coughing.

Pressure on chest.

As if head would burst; or head and chest would fly to pieces, with cough.

As if cough came from stomach. (Sanguinaria).


Short and quick, with high fever.


Very sharp and irritable.

Fighting mad at the least provocation.

Anxious and hasty, with desire to be let alone; don’t want to be touched.

M.W. Van Denburg
M. W. (Marvin W.) VAN DENBURG, A.M., M.D.
Author of "A homoeopathic materia medica on a new and original plan ... A sample fascicle containing the arsenic group."
"Therapeutics of the respiratory system, cough and coryza, acute and chronic : repertory with index, materia medica with index"