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Schwabe News Volume 4 | Issue 4 & 5 | April & May 2013



Rheumatic diseases are painful conditions usually characterized by inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints or muscles.1 According to World Health Organization (WHO), these conditions comprise over 150 diseases and syndromes, which are usually progressive and associated with pain. WHO broadly categorizes it as joint diseases, spinal disorders, conditions resulting from trauma and physical disability. Most common rheumatic conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, spinal disorders and limb trauma.2

Bryorheum® has been used for these rheumatic diseases and associated symptoms since decades. The therapeutic components of Bryorheum®, Bryonia alba, Colocynthis, Dulcamara, Gnaphalium, Phytolacca and Rhus toxicodendron, are proven homoeopathic remedies covering various spheres of rheumatic diseases.  They complement each other in their effects in the treatment of rheumatic conditions such as redness, stiffness and/or swelling of the joints and pain in muscles and joints.3,4

Indications:  Rheumatic conditions and their associated symptoms such as redness, stiffness and/or swelling of the joints, pain in muscles and joints and lumbago.

Composition: Bryonia alba 2x 10%; Colocynthis 4x 10%; Dulcamara 1x 10%; Gnaphalium polycephalum 1x 10%; Phytolacca 1x 10%; Rhus toxicodendron 3x 10%; Excipients Q.S. Alcohol content v/v 42%.

Proven indications of the individual ingredients in the sphere of claimed action:

Bryonia alba: It covers painful joints and muscles, stiffness of nape of neck, back pain (lumbago), tearing pain, hot joints worse by least motion. Sensation as if every spot is painful.

Colocynthis:  It is indicated for contraction of muscles, cramp like pain, pain in the hips extending down to knees, sciatic pain, numbness with pain.

Dulcamara:  It is helpful in rheumatic symptoms with cold extremities, difficult to move, stiffness and numbness.

Gnaphalium polycephalum: It is an established remedy for sciatic pain especially when associated with numbness, chronic backache in lumbar region, cramp in calves, legs and feet when in bed, pain in joints as if they lack oil, chronic muscular rheumatism.

Phytolacca:  It is useful in shoulder pain with stiffness, shooting and shifting rheumatic pains, pain in legs, neuralgia of toes, aching lumbar pain.

Rhus toxicodendron:  It acts on fibrous tissues of the joints, tendons and sheaths. It covers hot painful swelling of joints, pains tearing in tendons, ligaments, rheumatic pain spreading large surfaces at nape of neck, loins and extremities. Tenderness about the knee.

Dosage:  Unless otherwise prescribed by the physician, 10 drops, to be taken 3 to 4 times per day, before meals. If complaints are not relieved, consult a specialist.

Note:  The product contains alcohol. In the case of children, pregnant and lactating ladies and in certain serious liver and alcohol problems, consult a specialist.

Side effects:  No side effects of Bryorheum® are known.

Contra-indications: No known contra-indication so far.

Interactions:  None known up to present.

Presentation: 20 ml glass bottle pack.

  1. An Overview of Rheumatic Diseases, Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Center, WebMD online health information service.
  2. Chronic rheumatic conditions, Chronic diseases and health promotion, World Health Organization.
  3. Bryorheum® N, zur Besserung rheumatischer Beschwerden, Deutsche Homöopathie-Union, Ottostr. 24, D-76227 Karlsuhe, Germany.
  4. Information on Bryorheum in the webpage, Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG, Germany.