Bryonia 30 , 6 or 200 - Homeopathy for a "grumpy bear"

Joint Pain & Backaches • Headaches & Hangovers • Achy Colds / Flu • Worse with Motion

In a recent blog we took a closer look at the number one single homeopathic remedy for joint pain - Rhus tox.  Now it's time to look at another popular remedy, Byronia.  Like Rhus tox, Byronia has applications for joint pain and backaches, but with very different homeopathic modalities.  For the purpose of this article, you can think of a "modality" as a "tendency to conform to a general pattern,"1 especially what makes symptoms better or worse.  While those needing homeopathic Rhus tox often feel better with slight movement and stretching, the homeopathic remedy Bryonia is just the opposite.  In fact, in his Materia Media, Clarke describes Rhus and Bryonia as "antidotes" for one another.  In Boericke's version of the Materia Medica he describes Bryonia's "aggravation" as "WORSE, warmth, any motion, morning, eating, hot weather, exertion, touch. Cannot sit up; gets faint and sick."

Bryonia was given the nicknames 'grumpy bear' and 'hangover' remedy because it applies best when stress or illness sets off a grumpy irritability that refuses comfort and does not want to be spoken to, bothered or moved in any way.

Bryonia relieves ailments that approach slowly, linger too long and may result from being chilled when overheated or from fast weather changes. Its slow moving flu and colds are marked by dryness. They have a dry, hacking cough with stitching pains, bone-aching, chill-ridden fever, great thirst for cold water, dry throat and a “don’t touch me, leave me alone” growl. The constipation or flatulent food induced nausea that Bryonia relieves may have this same general demeanor and much pressure after eating. Gastric flu with a bitter taste and aching in the stomach relieved only by belching may find relief here, too. Any of these may lead to a state of great fatigue in which the slightest exertion seems too much.

It has earned much fame by relieving intense, bursting, frontal headaches that may build to cover the whole head and do not want to be moved or jarred in any way. They feel best when buried under a pillow in a dark room. These headaches accompany most Bryonia ailments.

Its ‘keynote’ symptom ‘pain worse from slightest movement’ apply best to its swollen, red, hot joints aching from irritation or sprains. These joint applications are very like Apis but are not shiny and pain is more stitching than stinging. It can be very helpful for stitching pain and stiffness in the small of the back and in the neck. Most Bryonia pains find relief in applied pressure or lying on the painful side.

Constitutionally, Bryonia applies best to reliable, tidy, somewhat playful individuals who are driven to succeed by a desire for financial security. If their effort fails, grumpy irritability and sadness can dominate. They approach life and work methodically without letting emotions get in the way.

Buy Homeopathic Bryonia 30, 6, 12 and 200 potencies

Size and Potency Price Qty
6x 500 Tablets  $11
12x 500 Tablets  $11
30x 500 Tablets  $11
30c 160 Pellets  $9.99
200c 160 Pellets  $9.99

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*Please note: these statements are based upon traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

3 Simple Steps for finding your way to the right homeopathic remedy

1.   Think about symptoms more than diagnoses, such as 'burning pain, gas, burping and nausea after eating' rather than just 'indigestion'. A minute spent analyzing symptoms and their causes before reading through the remedies, can save time and effort.

2.  Glance through the applications and characteristics at the top of each description to make a short list of the remedies that apply best. Then read through these remedies to find which one stands out as the best match to your individual symptoms.

3.  Take your first dose and relax, knowing:

✓ You cannot do any harm by not making the perfect choice.

✓ The remedies last a long time and cover a range of applications for future use.


Certain ‘keynote’ details help pinpoint or eliminate remedies. For instance, Bryonia symptoms worsen with motion, Rhus tox symptoms need motion to limber up or relax, and Apis symptoms all share burning, stinging pain. Arnica, of course, needs no shortcuts as it can be given to any physical trauma to reduce bruising and swelling.

Key homeopathic combination remedies with Bryonia

Hangover / Recovery #77

This very versatile combination blends four of the most comprehensive remedies for relieving headache, flu, cough, nausea, hangovers and stress-related symptoms. Whether in the thoes of misery or in the recovery stage, this unique formula offers calming, stabilizing support without any risk of interference with other medicines or groggy side effects. Its many applications make it a great travel companion as well.

Backaches #199

Injured, stiff, tired or achy backs and joints can enjoy this classic homeopathic combination.

Flu / Severe Colds #86

Natural relief for achy flu with fevers, chills, cough and colds symptoms.

Constipation #66

Worry free, non habit forming relief for constipation.