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Berberis Vulgaris
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Berberis Vulgaris

Barberry, Berberis, Berber

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HPUS indication: Itching

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Below are the strongest indications (i.e. symptoms) of Berberis Vulgaris in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.



Rapid changes of symptoms - pains change in regard to place and character - thirst alternates with thirstlessness, hunger, and loss of appetite, etc. Acts forcibly on the venous system, producing pelvic engorgements and hemorrhoids.
Hepatic, and rheumatic affections, particularly with urinary, hemorrhoidal and menstrual complaints.
Old gouty constitutions. Pain in region of kidneys is most marked; hence its use in renal and vesical troubles, gall-stones, and vesical catarrh. It causes inflammation of kidneys with haematuria. Pains may be felt all over body, emanating from small of back. It has also marked action on the liver, promoting the flow of bile. Often called for in arthritic affections with urinary disturbances. Wandering, Radiating pains. Acts well in fleshy persons, good livers, but with little endurance. Spinal irritation. All Berberis Vulgaris pains radiate, are not worse by pressure, but worse in various attitudes, especially standing and active exercise.

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WORSE, motion, Standing. It brings on, or increases, urinary complaints.

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Compare: Ipomea - Convolvulus Duartinus N/A - Morning Glory. - (Pain in left lumbar muscles on stooping. Kidney disorders with pain in back. Much abdominal flatulence. Aching in top of right shoulder renal colic; aching in small of back and extremities), Aloe Socotrina Aloe; Lycopodium Lycopod.; Nux Vomica Nux.; Sarsaparilla Sarsap. Xanthorrhoea arborea (severe pain in kidneys, cystitis and gravel. Pain from ureter to bladder and testicles; pain in small of back returns from least chill or damp). Xanthorrhiza apifolia - Shrub Yellow Root - Contains Berberine. Dilatation of stomach and intestines, atony, enlarged spleen.


Antidotes: Camphora Camphor; Belladonna Bell.

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Listless, apathetic, indifferent

Puffy sensation, feeling as if becoming larger

Vertigo with attacks of fainting

Frontal headache

Chilliness in back and occiput

Tearing pain in auricle, and gouty concretions

Sensation of a tight cap pressing upon the whole scalp.

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Dry; obstinate catarrh of left nostril

Crawling in nostrils.

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Pale, sticky

Sunken cheeks and eyes, with bluish circles.

Skin; discoloration; bluish; circles around eyes

discoloration; pale


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Sticky sensation

Diminished saliva

Sticky, frothy saliva, like cotton ( Nux Moschata Nux Mosch.) Tongue feels scalded; vesicles on tongue.

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Flat warts

Itching, burning and smarting; Worse, scratching; better, cold applications

Small pustules over whole body

Eczema of ANUS and Hands

circumscribed pigmentation following eczematous inflammation.

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Hoarseness; polypus of larynx

Tearing stitches in chest and region of heart.

Difficult (dyspnea); raising arms

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Stitches in neck and back; worse, respiration

Sticking pain in region of kidneys radiating thence around abdomen, to hips and groins

Numb, bruised sensation

Stitches from kidneys into bladder

Tearing, sticking with stiffness, making rising difficult, involving hips, nates, limbs, with numbness

Lumbago ( Rhus Tox Rhus; Antimonium Tartaricum Tat">Tart)

Em.) Metatarsus and metacarpus feel sprained

Post-operative pain in lumbar region; soreness with sharp pain following course of circumflex iliac nerve to bladder with frequent urination.

Numbness; lumbar (lower half of back)

Pain; rising from sitting

lumbar (lower half of back)

while lying down

rheumatic pains

on rising from a seat

while sitting

extending to other parts; to front; around abdomen

extending to other parts; pelvis; back of pelvis and thighs

extending to other parts; thighs

extending to other parts; thighs; back of thighs

sacrum (base of spine)

while lying down

while sitting

spine; extending to other parts; down

aching; lumbar (lower half of back)

as though crushed; lumbar (lower half of back)

with rigidness

sore, bruised, beaten; lumbar (lower half of back)

stitching, sudden, sharp, shooting

lumbar (lower half of back)

lumbar (lower half of back); radiating

lumbar (lower half of back); extending to other parts; outward around abdomen


spine; extending down small of back to region of bladder


Tension; lumbar (lower half of back)

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Stomach; Nausea before breakfast


Stitches in region of gall-bladder; worse, pressure, extending to stomach

Catarrh of the gall-bladder with constipation and yellow complexion

Stitching pain in front of kidneys extending to liver, spleen, stomach, groins, Poupart’s ligament

Sticking deep in ilium.

Pain; with vomiting, blood and mucus in stool (intussusception); pain in region of liver

groin region

liver; colic, gall-stones

sudden, sharp (sticking, etc.); liver

Bladder; gall stones

pain; on moving

pain; burning

urging to urinate (unhealthy desire)

Kidneys; numbness, region of kidneys


region of; extending to other parts; thighs

ureters (tubes between kidneys and bladder); radiating from kidney region

ureters (tubes between kidneys and bladder); extending to other parts; into urethra (urinary part of genitals)

aching; region of kidneys

cutting; ureters (tubes between kidneys and bladder)

digging; region of kidney, aggravated by pressure

shooting (see sudden, sharp); sore, bruised

shooting (see sudden, sharp); region of kidneys

sudden, sharp, stinging, sticking

sudden, sharp, stinging, sticking; radiating

sudden, sharp, stinging, sticking; extending to other parts; bladder

sudden, sharp, stinging, sticking; extending to other parts; down ureters (tubes between kidneys and bladder)


tearing; radiating

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Pain; burning


Skin and lining; fistula (additional hole)

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Constant urging to stool

Diarrhoea painless, clay-colored, burning, and smarting in anus and perineum

Tearing around anus

Fistula in ano.

Urinary Organs.

Burning pains

Sensation as if some urine remained after urinating

Urine with thick Mucus and bright-red, mealy sediment

Bubbling, sore sensation in kidneys

Pain in bladder region

Pain in the thighs and loins on urinating

Frequent urination; urethra burns when not urinating.

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soon after passing

Sediment; clay-coloured



fluffy, woolly

like jelly

grey; whitish-grey



red; bright



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Male; Neuralgia of spermatic cord and testicles

Smarting, burning, stitching in testicles, in prepuce and scrotum.

Female; Pinching constriction in mons veneries, vaginismus, contraction and tenderness of vagina

Burning and soreness in vagina

Desire diminished, cutting pain during coition

Menses scanty, gray mucus, with pain in kidneys and chilliness, pain down thighs

Leucorrhoea, grayish mucus, with painful urinary symptoms

Neuralgia of ovaries and vagina.

Female; pain; burning; vagina

pain; sore, tenderness; vagina

Urethra (urinary part of genitals); pain; burning

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Extremities, limbs

Rheumatic paralytic pain in shoulders, arms, hands and fingers, legs and feet

Neuralgia under finger-nails, with swelling of finger-joints

Sensation of cold on outside of thighs

Heels pain, as if ulcerated

Stitching between metatarsal bones as from a nail when standing

Pain in balls of feet on stepping

Intense weariness and lameness of legs after walking a short distance.

Heaviness; lower limbs

lower limbs; while walking

Stiffness; lower limbs

lower limbs; after walking; in open air

Swollen; knee

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Fever and chill

Cold sensation in various parts, as if spattered with cold water

Warmth in lower part of back, hips, and thighs.

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Numbness; externally

Pain; burning externally; internally

sudden, sharp; internally

tearing; externally

tearing; internally

Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid





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