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The Soul of Remedies: Bryonia alba

Written by Rajan Sankaran

Dr. Rajan Sankaran shares his remedy picture of Bryonia alba. He mentions some key rubrics including, industriousness, averse to being disturbed, indisposed to talk, taciturn, dreams of business, delusions he is doing business.

Bryonia is a plant remedy. It belongs to the typhoid miasm, which lies between the acute and the psoric. In my experience, the main feeling of Bryonia is the feeling of a loss, which has to be made up very fast.

One of the commonest ways of making up a loss is by business. Here you invest what you have, take risks and try to increase your wealth. The concentration is totally on business, so much so that the Bryonia person talks and dreams of business, and in delirium will mention what money has to be put where and what business transaction has to be completed.

The Bryonia person is very industrious, busy and determined, and works at a feverish pace. He becomes dry, insensitive to the emotions and feelings of others. He talks little and doesn’t like to be disturbed. He reads things concerned with his business, converses with business people, and his attitude in the clinic will also be rather business-like.

As a result, one could mistake Bryonia for Calcarea fluorica, but the theme of Calcarea fluorica is to preserve what one already has, and therefore Calcarea fluorica does not take any risks.

Bryonia however does take risks. Again, the complaints of Bryonia are more acute and will impede movement, whereas Calcarea fluorica will develop a slow, chronic illness which can make one dependent.

One may also compare Bryonia with Veratrum album, but Veratrum is concerned more with the loss of position than with the loss of money. So egotism, extravagance and show become the theme in Veratrum, but are not so much seen in Bryonia.


  • Fear of poverty.
  • Talks of business.
  • Busy.
  • Delirium, busy.
  • Delusions, fancies, is doing business.
  • Industrious.
  • Disturbed, averse to being.
  • Talk indisposed to, desires to be silent, taciturn.
  • Dreams: business.
  • Dreams: being busy.
  • Dreams: exertion: mental and physical.
  • Dreams: exhausting.
  • Avarice.


  • Desires warm milk.
  • Desires soups.


  • Loquacity, of business.

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About the author

Rajan Sankaran

Rajan Sankaran, MD (Hom), is reputed to be a clear and original thinker and is best known for his path breaking concepts in Homoeopathy. His understanding of ‘disease as a delusion’ followed by his discovery of newer miasms, classification of diseased states into kingdoms and the seven levels of experience, brought in much more clarity into understanding diseased states. The Sensation method has now evolved into a more comprehensive and synergistic approach, which strongly advocates to encompass and integrate the old, classical and traditional approaches with the latest advances.

Dr. Sankaran heads ‘the other song—International Academy of Advanced Homoeopathy’, in Mumbai. This academy primarily focuses on imparting advanced clinical training to students and practitioners, integrated with a homoeopathic healing centre. Also he has his own personal clinic at Juhu area of Mumbai, India. He is also the President of Synergy Homeopathic, which is dedicated to the development of reliable, comprehensive homeopathic software and teaching tools. www.theothersong.com www.sankaransclinic.com www.synergyhomeopathic.com

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