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Berberis Vulgaris - Chest symptoms - T.F. Allen

Barberry, Berberis, Berber, Berb.

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HPUS indication of Berberis Vulgaris: Itching

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




Voice, and Chest in General.

Hoarseness, with pain or inflammation of the tonsils.

Oppression of the chest, appearing several times, especially at night with violent fluent coryza.

Tearing in the left pectoral muscles extending towards their insertion in the arm.

Drawing, tearing pain in the walls of the chest, sometimes relieved by stretching or by exerting the muscles.

Violent, sudden, cutting, constrictive pain in front of the middle portion of the chest, extending down to the abdomen, so that she is obliged to bend double for half a minute (twenty-first day).

Single slow stitches here and there in the chest extending inward.

Sticking pain in the anterior middle region of the chest aggravated by deep breathing, together with a short dry cough (twenty-first day).

It seems raw in the chest as in catarrh, and an habitual occasional expectoration from the chest is increased (second to sixth day).

Scraping sensation in the chest (second day).

Scraping, scratching sensation of rawness and soreness in the chest.

Sides of Chest.

Pain near the left mammary gland, deep, internally, extending outward and downward through the mammary gland in about ten stitches (eighth day).

A peculiar sensation of coldness in the right side of the chest for a short time (one hundred and ninth day).

Tearing, burning pain in the lower border of the left pectoralis major extending towards the arm.

Tensive drawing pain in the left side of the chest more towards the back (thirty-eighth day).

Sticking, drawing in the left side of the chest on the lower and outer part, extending from the left hypochondrium towards the back and shooting back and forth (seventeenth day).

Pressive pain in the left side of the chest as if between the mammary gland and the wall of the chest, most severe behind the nipple, extending from within outward into the mammary glands so that the middle of the sensation is in the nipple, with a feeling as if the gland were swollen (sixty-fifth and eighty-eighth days).

A bubbling pressive pain in the region of the left pectoralis major for half a minute in the evening in bed, coming from deep in the chest, with tension in this region and somewhat impeded respiration (forty-third day).

Sticking pain in the left mammary gland (ninth day).

Sticking below the left mammary gland towards the heart.

Tearing, sticking pain extending around the right side of the chest in the forepart (forty-sixth day).

Tearing, sticking pain, extending from the right side of the chest near the shoulder-blade up to the arm and seating itself in the muscles of the inner side of the upper arm for two minutes (seventeenth day).

A stitch in the right clavicle (fiftieth day).

A penetrating stitch in the right clavicle (seventy-third day).

Pulselike stitching in the right clavicle one-third of a minute (fifty-first day).

Single stitches in the right side of the chest from without inward (forty-fifth day).

Several burning stitches as from wasps in the region of the right clavicle (eighty-eighth day).

Some burning stitches in the left side of the chest near the nipple.

Three deep, violent burning stitches below the right clavicle crossing horizontally into the first ribs (seventy-seventh day).

Long drawing stitches, leaving pain in the region of the false ribs of the left side from below.

Tearing pain in the dorsal side of the left wall of the chest, somewhat below the shoulder-blade.

Tearing in the right side of the chest chiefly in the forepart, sometimes also in the shoulder-blade between it and the spine, two days in succession with oppression of the chest.

Drawing-tearing pains in the sides of the chest chiefly in the left more towards the back, also in the shoulder-blades (forty-second day).

Pulsating at last more pressive and tensive, tearing in the left side of the chest below the axilla extending to the ribs for two minutes.

Several rather sensitive stitches in the left side of the chest externally and in the lower portion (after ten hours).

Jerking, intermitting, not severe stitches in the left side of the chest, almost as if she received electric shocks (eleventh day).

Sticking, jerking pain like electric shocks extends downwards from the left breast into the forepart of the left hypochondrium and then extends backwards; the whole lower part of the left side of the chest and of the abdomen is painful (eighth and twelfth days).

Sometimes a bubbling sensation in the right side of the chest somewhat below the middle (twenty-third day).


Symptoms not designated are from Hesse (Journ. f. hom. Arznium, 1, 1834), obtained as follows took, himself, an infusion of half an ounce of the root, after four days a third infusion of the same evaporated from six to two ounces; the second prover, a stout-unmarried woman, aet. 26, took infusions of six drachms of the root; the third, a married woman, aet. 35, took infusions and powdered bark of the root; the fourth prover, a male teacher, lean and phlegmatic, took similar infusions; the fifth, a servant girl, aet. 19, took the same. Dr. Hesse, in his introduction, says "I have also made some experiments with potencies, and will give a short account of them here because I did not include in the résumé all of the symptoms, especially those which did not coincide with those obtained from large doses." These provings are now for the first time incorporated in the résumé as follows 6, The fourth prover took a drop of the 5th potency; 7, A servant girl, aet. 18, took repeated doses of the 6th; 8, A girl, aet. 14 (never menstruated), took the same; 9, A servant girl, aet. 19, took the same; 10, An old woman, aet. 60, healthy, took one dose of the 30th.

Heart and pulse

Frequent palpitation (twenty-first day).

Painful twinging stitches in the region of the heart extending outward and downward (twentieth day).

Pulse slow and weak in several persons.

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