Poisonous Bryony

(Bryonia dioca)

Bryony is a poisonous herb, that is climbing up to four meters.

Out of greenish-white little flowers red berries develop in late summer.

The root can become really big, it is like a rape. In former times it was used against rheumatism.

But as the whole plant is poisonous, it is only used in homeopathic doses in our days.

Like this it can help against rheumatism, problems of the respiratoy system and pain in the muscles and joints.

Medicinal Uses

  • Beware! Poisonous! Use only in homeopathic doses.
  • Mucus-dissolvent
  • Sudorific
  • Flu
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Gout
  • Rheumatism
  • Lumbago
  • Joints pain
  • Muscle pain


Used Parts:Root
Substances:Alkaloids, Bryonine, Bryonicine,
Time to collect:Spring


Beware! Poisonous!

Use only in homeopathic doses!

As the Bryony is poisonous the medicine is not using it as a remedial herb.

Only diluted in very small doses it can be used without danger.

In this way you can take it against rheumatic problems.

It is also good against mucus in the lungs, and can help against asthma, flu and bronchitis. In case of pneumonia ask your doctor whether bryony in homeopathic D3 could help you.

Bryonia D3 can also be used against lumbago, muscle pain and other problems of the moving system.

Plant description

The red Bryony is at home in Europe. It is a common plant.

The white Bryony comes from the mediterranean area and invadet the middle of Europa. It is quite seldom.

Out of its thick root several climbing stems grow in springtime.

It has hairy, palmately lobed leaves looking a bit like vine-leaves.

From June till September the greenish-white blossoms flower.

Male plants have flowers on long stalks, female flowers grow in groups.

Only the female flowers develop to red berries.

The berries of the white Bryony are black. It has male and female flowers on the same plant, different to the red Bryony.

All parts of the Bryony are poisonous.