This is the time of year when pumpkins, squashes and gourds begin to appear in the market. Popular for cooking and decorating, they are all members of the Cucurbitaceae family that includes more than 700 species, among them pumpkin, cucumber, melons, zucchini, summer squash, winter squash and chayote. But they can be healing, too: this group includes 21 species that are used by homeopaths. Bryonia alba (or white bryony) is one of the most important.
A common remedy for influenza, bryonia is especially helpful when patients’ symptoms are worse with movement and when they have dry cracked lips and excessive thirst for cold water. In this condition, they also may be indisposed to talking and may want to be left alone.
Body aches, such as rheumatism and sprains, also can call for bryonia, especially if the pain is improved by lying on the painful side but worsened during thunderstorms.
To administer bryonia, use a potency of 6C, 30C or 30X (X=10, C=100). Dissolve two to five pellets in a glass of water, stir and take a spoonful. Repeat every 15 minutes. Decrease frequency as symptoms improve. If there is no change after two doses, discontinue use; this indicates it is not the correct remedy.
Properly chosen homeopathic remedies are effective, safe and non-toxic. Remedies are more than herbs and are very diluted. It’s important to remember that while a homeopathic remedy may be beneficial, the raw product actually may be harmful. Remedies are selected on the principle that “like cures like.” For serious ailments, seek the help of a certified homeopath for long-term success.
Written by Myra Nissen, Appeared in Natural Awakenings ~ East Bay Edition, Oct. 2011 p. 12
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