BERBERIS – Homeopathic Medicine

Last modified on January 7th, 2019


BERBERIS homeopathic drug picture symptoms from A Primer of Materia Medica by T.F. Allen, of the homeopathy remedy BERBERIS

General Action

      The most numerous and decided effects are the shooting pains in almost every part of the body. The pains in the region of the kidneys are most marked, and have been frequently verified clinically. It also exerts a marked action on the liver, promoting the flow of bile.


      Tearing, shooting pains. In general, (>) in the open air.


      Neuralgic pains; burning, with dryness of the eyes. Pain on reading, with burning and dryness.


      Nostrils dry.


      Pale. Eyes surrounded by dark circles.


      Dry. Neuralgic pains in the jaws. Saliva sticky, like cotton.


      Eructations inodorous.


      A sharp, sticking pain in the region of the gall bladder (<) pressure. Sharp pains in the region of the liver, extending towards the stomach, (<) pressure. Sharp pains in the region of the umbilicus. Severe pains in the inguinal region. Stitching pains from the lumbar regions, extending down towards the bladder, or towards the kidneys. Tearing pains in the crest of the ilium, extending into the gluteal muscles and into the bones of the leg.

Rectum and Stool

      Burning pain in the urethra and anus, soreness. Tearing pains in the anus. Smarting. Diarrhoea, clay colored, with burning and smarting in anus. Pains over the liver, etc.

Urinary Organs

      Cutting pains from the region of the kidney to the bladder (left side). Burning pains in the region of the bladder. Sensation as if urine remained in the bladder after urinating. Stitching pains in the urethra; cuttings, burnings. Urine blood-red, soon becoming turbid, and depositing a mealy sediment. Urine generally turbid, sometimes very dark, as if containing bile.

Sexual Organs, Male

      Pains in the spermatic cord. Burning, smarting or tearing, extending into the testicles, especially into epididymis. Pains in the spermatic cord, extending into testicles or into abdominal ring.

Sexual Organs, Female

      Burning and soreness in the vagina, extending into the labia. Smarting pain in the vagina, with burning, pain, and soreness in the anus. Menstruation scanty. Dysmenorrhoea, with pains radiating in every direction.


      Sticking, now in a small spot, now in a larger place, when it is chiefly pressing, either exactly in region of kidneys or extending above or below, but especially outward, so that it extends around abdomen in front, or to region of hips; sometimes in spine and extending to small of back and region of bladder and groins. The sticking at times extends from region of kidneys straight forward into abdomen, at times with numb, paralyzed, bruised sensation. Stitches from kidneys into bladder (Cocculus indicus c.), (<) severe pressure; burning in kidney region; inward in one or other, at times as from a nail and arresting breathing; tearing sticking, usually more on one side, often as if crushed or bruised with stiffness, making it difficult to rise from a seat, so that the hands must assist rising, sometimes involving hip, nates and upper and posterior part of limbs, at times with numbness. Tearing in morning immediately after rising, extending sideways, forward, upward and downward, affecting whole back between thorax and pelves, with stiffness in lower part of back if she stooped and difficulty on standing up on account of the stiffness; the tearing when sitting, more severe than when standing, (>) afternoon. Tearing, pulsating pain in kidney. Pressive or tensive pain, sometimes on one, sometimes on both, or often across small of back, at times extending into posterior part of pelvis, of thighs, and even to calves, with stiffness and lameness or swelling of back and lower limbs. Tensive or pressing sensation deep internally, when severe, with a feeling as if bones would be pressed asunder, often with heaviness, warmth, numbness or tingling, (<) morning on waking and when sitting and lying, at times (>) stool or passage of flatus, sometimes only on one side, (<) stooping. Sticking in one or other, or digging tearing, as if suppurating, (<) deep pressure.


      Numerous pains, mostly tearing and sticking, in all parts of the extremities, both sides. Sometimes with swelling of the small joints. Generally (<) motion and pressure.

About the author

TF Allen

TF Allen

Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)
Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.

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