Berberis Vulgaris 30, 200, 1M Uses, Benefits & Side Effects

Berberis Vulgaris 30, 200, 1M Uses, Benefits, Dosage and Side Effects

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Berberis Vulgaris is commonly known as Barberry. It belongs to the family Berberidaceae, the same family that produces Caulophyllum and Podophyllum.

It occupies an important place in homeopathy as its main influence of action is in curing the disease of the urinary system.

The mother tincture is prepared from the bark of the roots of the barberry plant.

Berberis Vulgaris is the most important remedy that has an action on the Kidney, urinary bladder, liver, and gall bladder.

Berberis Vulgaris is a great remedy for Renal colic, gallbladder colic, and Rheumatism.

Berberis Vulgaris Constitution/Personality 

Berberis Vulgaris is a remedy, best suited to pale people, having an earthy complexion with sunken cheeks, having blue rings around eyes.

It is suitable for old gouty constitutions, with pain that radiates in regards to place and character. It acts well in fleshy persons, with good liver but with little endurance.

Guiding symptoms of Berberis Vulgaris

Berberis Vulgaris is one of the best remedies for, Hepatic and rheumatic conditions, particularly with urinary, haemorrhoidal, and menstrual complaints.

This medicine is used by many homeopaths to treat Kidney stones, there is soreness of the kidney with a bubbling sensation. There is bruised pain with numbness, stiffness, and lameness with painful pressure in the kidney region and small of the back, worse from jar and motion.

This is principally a left-sided remedy, mainly the left kidney and left ureter are affected, there is wandering and radiating pain along the course of the left kidney and left ureter. The urine is greenish, bloody, turbid, and full of slimy mucus.

Berberis Vulgaris is one of the chief remedies for liver and gallbladder affections, in jaundice and gallstone colic there is stitching pain in the liver region and gallbladder radiating to the left shoulder is worse by pressure. It is useful in gallstones followed by jaundice.

Berberis Vulgaris is the remedy used to treat gout and rheumatism associated with urinary disturbance, there are an increase in uric acid levels causing pain and soreness in the shoulder, arms, fingers, toes, and feet.

This is a great remedy for treating fistula in ano that alternates with chest symptoms.

Berberis Vulgaris is also a wonderful remedy, indicated when there is the rapid change of symptoms-pains changes in place and character; thirst alternates with thirstlessness, hunger suddenly changes to loss of appetite.

Berberis Vulgaris patients do not tolerate motion jar and touch.

Medicine Uses

This article will cover from head to toe all the complaints body. And wherever the symptoms are matched, this medicine can be used-

Mind symptoms 

The Berberis Vulgaris patient is listless, apathetic, indifferent to surroundings.

They get sick from hearing all imaginary stories of the graveyard, see imaginary, ghosts between daylight and darkness, some kind of imaginary forms come around him and they become fearful and sad.

Berberis Vulgaris is suited for patients who are melancholic and apathetic, with great prostration of mind. The mind is weak, unable to sustain any kind of mental exertion making the patient forgetful.

Head symptoms 

This is a great remedy for headaches, there is a puffy feeling in the head as if the head is becoming larger, mostly the patient suffers from frontal headaches.

The headache feels as if a tight cap is pressing upon the whole scalp, the headaches are gouty in origin the one experienced by persons who suffer from increased uric acid levels, the pain in the head is also wandering type from one portion of the scalp to another.

Berberis Vulgaris is also indicated to treat vertigo with an attack of fainting, there is chilliness in the back of the head and occiput. Radiating pain from head to neck and then shoulders.

Headache and vertigo get aggravated by motion, standing, and active exercise.

Eyes symptoms

This is useful when the eyes take on the same gouty condition of the head, with stitching, tearing pains, twinging pains, shooting pains.

The shooting pain in the eyes in various directions is observed. One of the important indications of Berberis is that it has no particular direction; it has radiating pain in all directions of the eyes.

Ears symptoms

Berberis Vulgaris is a very good remedy for small tumors whose size of hazel-nut, under and behind the ear.

This is indicated in conditions of the ear where sometimes there is gnawing, burning, sometimes shooting, pains with small pustules in the external parts of the ears.

Berberis Vulgaris in otalgia when there are sudden acute and shooting pains in the interior of the ear and other parts with stitches in the ear.

Nose symptoms 

Berberis Vulgaris is an effective remedy for dry and obstinate catarrh of the left nostril.

The nostrils are painful with secretion, at first of yellowish serum, afterward becomes purulent, whitish, yellowish, or greenish mucus, mostly on waking up in the morning.

There is the sensation of crawling and burning due to dryness in particularly left nostrils.

Mouth symptoms 

The Berberis Vulgaris patient often complains of tongue conditions where there is the painful sensibility of the tongue to the touch and motion, there are whitish vesicles at the end of the tongue.

It is often indicated in stiffness and sensation of swelling at the end of the tongue, the tongue is white coated associated with liver and urinary troubles.

This is indicated if there is the sensation of dryness, clammy -bitter taste in the mouth, more disagreeable on waking up in the morning after rising, with the harshness of the mucous membranes, and white tongue with diminution of the secretion of saliva, or viscid, frothy saliva causing dryness in the mouth and increased thirst.

Face symptoms

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated to those patients with great paleness of face, dirty grey complexion, hollow cheeks, and sunken eyes, the eyes are surrounded by a bluish or dark grey circle. There is a feeling as if cold drops spurted into the face on going into the open air.

It is indicated in heat, and bluish color of the interior of the lower lip with dryness of the lips, and exfoliation of the epidermis, with a flat, brownish crust upon the edges.

There is the sensation of burning and tingling on the exterior of the lips and sometimes small pustules in the lips.

The patients suffer from facial bone pains that are aching, shooting pains in the cheekbone and the jaw, due to underlying gout disorders.

Throat symptom

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated in inflammation of the tonsils and, with swelling and fiery redness of tonsils pointing towards acute tonsillitis. Tonsillitis, with the sensation of something rough in the throat.

This is useful in treating inflammation of the pharynx with a sensation as if a lump were lodged in the side of the throat, there is stiffness neck with pharyngitis. There is hoarseness of voice, with soreness or inflammation of the larynx and the glands of the neck.

There is expectoration from the throat of a large quantity of thick, yellow, jelly-like mucus; accompanied by the white-coated and sticky tongue, with viscid saliva resembling soap foam, leading to a feeling of a plug in the throat.

Chest symptom

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated in asthma, with sudden oppression of the chest especially at night with the violent flowing of the coryza, accompanied by a sensation of excoriation in the chest.

There is sudden shooting pain in the center of the chest, causing increased deep breathing, with dry, short attacks of cough in cases of bronchitis.

Heart symptoms

Berberis Vulgaris is useful when there is squeezing, with shootings, and radiating from the region of the heart to the left shoulder and arm. The patient suffers from sudden, shooting palpitation of the heart.

Stomach symptoms

Berberis Vulgaris is useful in nausea that peculiarly occurs before breakfast, is better after eating breakfast.

There is nausea and inclination to vomit before dinner, there are bilious rising, due to gall bladder stones or inflammation of the liver. The bile rising is alternating with yawning.

This is indicated to the patient who develops shivering and sudden shooting, aching in the epigastric region of the stomach extending to the pharynx.

Abdomen and Rectum symptoms

Berberis Vulgaris is one of the top listed remedies for treating Gall bladder colic. There are stitches, sudden shooting, and radiating pain in the region of the gall bladder extending to the stomach, worse from pressure.

There is the catarrhal condition of the gallbladder causing excessive secretion of bile the causes frequent bilious vomiting.

Berberis Vulgaris is also a great remedy for liver, gallbladder affection followed by jaundice, there is constipation, and yellowish complexion. The stools are white, bile-less, and clay-colored.

This is indicated to treat cramp-like pains under the navel, as occurs in hernia, also there is the sensation of tension in the groins, as if hernia were about to protrude, mostly when walking or standing.

Berberis Vulgaris is used to treat inguinal hernia where there are aching pains in the region of the inguinal glands, which are painful with throbbing shooting pains in the groins, when walking and standing, extending to the testes, the thighs, and the loins.

Urinary symptoms

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated when there is Renal colic due to stones in the kidney, mainly left-sided renal colic in which pain starts in the left kidney to left ureter then goes to the urinary bladder and comes down to the urethra.

There is numbness, burning, soreness, lameness, and painful pressure in the kidney region. In acute conditions, the pain is more severe and there may be haematuria with soreness in the urethra. The urine may be bloody, greenish with thick slimy mucus, and jelly-like sediments.

This is indicated in chronic renal conditions where the urine is dark, turbid, with copious sediments, urine is very slow to flow with constant urging to pass urine.

Male symptoms

The male patients of Berberis Vulgaris complain of swelling of spermatic, with pains radiating towards the testes, there feeling of great weakness in the genital parts after coition, with diminution of sexual desire and premature emissions in coition.

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated to treat a neuralgia of the spermatic cord and testicles, there is smarting, burning, stitching in the testicles, in prepuce and scrotum.

There is the sensation of weakness and insensibility in the external genital parts, the penis seems to be shriveled and retracted with burning pain in the penis.

All the majority of the symptoms in the genital parts are excited or aggravated by movement in Berberis Vulgaris.

Female symptoms 

Berberis Vulgaris has a wonderful action on the genitals of females and helps to cure many female-related disorders like vaginismus, diminished desire in females. There is pinching constriction with contraction and tenderness of the vagina with shooting pain leading to vaginismus.

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated when there is a reduction in enjoyment in women, during coition, and often accompanied with incisive or shooting pains. The sensation of burning and excoriation in the vagina, extending to the labia is one of the reasons contributing towards it.

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated in suppressed menstruation, the menses are pale composed of serous blood, sometimes menses, consisting of grey mucus or brown blood.

During the Menses, there are pains in the genital parts and the loins, or violent pains in the head, with the sensation of fainting.

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated in insufficient menses, with acute drawing and radiating pains in the whole body, shootings in the chest with painful inflation of the abdomen, pain in the loins.

It is indicated in scanty menses with violent headaches; smarting pains in the vagina, the sensation of burning and excoriation in the anus, and pains in the arms, as far as the shoulders and neck.

Hand and Leg symptoms

Berberis Vulgaris is a great remedy for Gout and Rheumatism. There are a sore and lame feeling in the shoulder, arms, fingers, toes, and feet, with characteristic burning, stitching, tearing type of pain which radiates or appears in one part of the body, then to another part.

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated when there is intolerable cramp-like pain in the bones and joints of the arms and forearm and legs.

There is tractive, acute pain in the forearm and the bones, extending to the hand and the joints of the fingers, with heaviness and weakness, aggravated by friction or scratching.

Berberis Vulgaris is also indicated to treat Parkinson’s disease, there is trembling of fingers while writing and spasmodic motion of the index finger back and forth even when lying down.

There is Rheumatic paralytic stiffness and jerking of the legs, there is intense weariness and lameness of legs after walking a short distance, pain in heels as if ulcerated.

Back symptoms

There is rheumatic stiffness of the neck and back, worse on respiration. There is sticking pain in the left kidney region radiating around the abdomen to hips and groins.

It is indicated in lumbago where there is tearing, sticking with stiffness, making it difficult to rise, involves hips, limbs with numbness.

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated to treat post-operative pains in the lumbar region, there is soreness with sharp pains following the course of circumflex iliac nerve to the bladder with frequent urination.

Skin symptoms

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated for Eczema of the anus and hands.

It is indicated in eczema when small pustules appear causing itching and burning, like petechiae, on the forearm and the back of the hand near the wrist, worse by scratching and better by cold application.

There is circumscribed pigmentation on the skin surface followed by eczematous inflammation.

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated in treating warts that are flat and small.

Fever symptoms

Berberis Vulgaris is the remedy for jaundice fever, with a peculiar cold sensation in various parts of the body as if spattered with cold water.

Berberis Vulgaris is indicated when the patient complains of fever with shiverings before dinner, with feet icy cold, mouth dry, and pains in the left side of the upper part of the stomach.

Shivering is followed by burning heat all over the body, with giddiness and violent shooting pains in the head, and sore throat, heat in the hands and head in the afternoon for several days, with sweating on the least exertion, with anxiety.

During fever, there is thirst, with dryness of mouth in the afternoon and the pulse is slow and weak, or full, hard and rapid indicating Berberis Vulgaris.


Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.

They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.

Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.

It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.

Aggravated By

The condition of Berberis Vulgaris gets aggravated by motion, touch, walking, or standing, and sudden jerking or movement.

The skin complaints are worse on scratching.

Amelioration By

The conditions of Berberis Vulgaris get better by rest, sitting at one place without moving, applying hard pressure in the affected part.

The skin complaints are better by cold application.

Relationship with Other Medicine

Complementary Medicines

This remedy completes the process of cure that is started by the first medicine given.

The remedies complementary to Berberis Vulgaris are Bryonia, Sulphur, Kali. bichrom, Rhus tox.

Similar Medicines

These remedies have many similarities in action but are different in origin, which means the source from which the medicine is prepared is another.

Remedies similar to Berberis Vulgaris are Lycopodium.


These are the remedies that are suitable to be used together.

Berberis Vulgaris is compatible with lycopodium, Sarsaparilla in renal colic.

Antidoted by 

The bad effects of Berberis Vulgaris are antidoted by Belladonna.

It antidotes

Berberis Vulgaris antidotes the effects of Aconite.

Berberis Vulgaris Dosage & Potencies

The dosage and potency of the medicine depend on the individual case.

Berberis Vulgaris 30 Uses

Lower potency is given when very few symptoms of the patient match with the medicine and help the doctor only to diagnose the disease condition. 

This potency requires frequent repetition, 3-4 times a day, till the expected result is seen. 

Berberis Vulgaris 200 Uses

This is considered as higher potency; they are given when the majority of mental symptoms and physical symptoms of Berberis Vulgaris match.

Higher potencies are advisable to be not repeated very often; they act for a long duration of days, so the second dose is repeated every 7-days or every 15-days once.

Berberis Vulgaris 1M Uses

This is very high potency. One should give it only after careful case analysis, where all medicinal symptoms of Berberis Vulgaris and that given by the patient match perfectly. 

One should not repeat 1 M potency. It is given 30 days once and waiting for symptoms to disappear.

Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) Uses

The mother tincture of Berberis Vulgaris is used by many homeopaths to treat Kidney stones and Gall stone colics.

It is mainly used to relieve the radiating pains, in patients and should only be given when all the symptoms of Berberis Vulgaris are matched with the patient’s symptoms.

Take 10 drops of mother tincture in half a cup of water three times a day till the improvement occurs. 

Berberis Vulgaris 3X/6X Uses

This lower potency of Berberis Vulgaris works well to treat the conditions like kidney stones and gallstones and has a therapeutic effect on patients suffering from kidney stones.

Take 2-3 drops of dilution directly on the tongue thrice a day for 3 months.

Clinical Indication of  Berberis Vulgaris

  • Biliary colic
  • Bladder and urinary affections
  • Gall-stone colic
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatism
  • Jaundice Fever
  • Eczema
  • Flat warts

Side Effects of Berberis Vulgaris

Homeopathic medicines are prepared by potentization where the dynamic curative power of the medication is aroused, so homeopathic medicines produce negligible side effects.

If any side effects of Berberis Vulgaris are seen then it can be antidoted by Belladonna.

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