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What is Bryonia, Know its Uses, Risks and Side Effects

What is Bryonia?

Bryonia is a plant-based homeopathic remedy that plays a major role in giving relief from constipation, fluid retention, and an upset stomach. Its uses are more than just the stomach issue as it also plays a role in chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, and liver diseases.

Bryonia is a gourd plant native to eastern and central Europe. Its white flowers turn poisonous during the summer season. Its root contains a resin-like substance that is used as a holistic remedy. It can be powdered or distilled into a gel capsule for oral consumption.

A review shows the declining use of Bryonia as medicine, as it was used thousands of years, back(1)

Uses of Bryonia

Uses of Bryonia

Though not much researched, many people claim the natural properties of this plant remedy for a set of health benefits.

Gives Relief From Constipation

Bryonia has emetic effects, which means that when taken orally it can induce vomiting. It also is a diuretic and can increase urination.

It gives relief from constipation, an upset stomach, and fluid retention.

Is An Anti-Inflammatory

The roots of Bryonia have anti-inflammatory effects. It gives relief from joint pain.

Bryonia can be found in the list of popular homeopathic formulas.

It is also believed that Bryonia can dilate the constricted blood vessels that cause migraine attacks and headaches.

But a clinical trial done on Bryonia and arnica could not find any anti-inflammatory effect of their extract(2)

Anticancer Properties

Bryonia can be used as a potential alternative remedy in cancer treatment. A study showed that the extracts of Bryonia roots had anti-cancer properties, and can slow down the spread of cancer cells.(3)

But an in vitro study found toxic effects of Bryonia on two cancers which were head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and cervix adenocarcinoma(4)

Risk and Side Effects of Using Bryonia

Bryonia, if taken in large doses can make you feel sick. It can lead to the following symptoms:

Bryonia berries are poisonous and should never be consumed.

Although herbal remedies are safe to be used, one should always consult a doctor before starting it as a treatment for any health condition. It cannot be used as a substitute for any prescription medication, but surely can be used along with it.

There is not much conclusive evidence on the usage of Bryonia and its benefits. It is always good to consult on its benefits and side effects before starting to use it.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:March 14, 2020

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