Berberis in homeopathy: properties, benefits and uses (all you need to know)

Berberis is used in homeopathy for complaints caused by an increased level of uric acid in the blood. These include inflammation of the joints (arthritis), lumbago, muscular rheumatism and gout. Sour thorn is used to treat liver weakness, mild icterus (jaundice), gall and kidney problems with semolina or stones. It is used for inflamed urinary tract with burning pain when urinating and reddish urinary sediment.

Leading symptoms

  • fatigue
  • exhaustion
  • Complaints often change from one opposite to the other
  • Radiating pain, stabbing or cramping in character

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need Berberis?

Berberis patients report a helmet-like constricting feeling on the head. You are tired, exhausted, exhausted, your face is very pale or gray with dark circles under your eyes. They complain of deep-seated, stabbing back pain together with a feeling of pressure in the upper abdomen, tend to hemorrhoids and anal fistulas. The skin itches, forms eczema, the mucous membranes are dry.

Berberis adults are tired and weary. Patients are afraid to sleep at night. They have no hope and in some cases wish for the end. During mental exertion, the slightest interruption makes further work impossible for them.

Berberis children are courageous and optimistic during the day. Towards evening they become anxious and see ghosts or spirits in the twilight. The children are pale, their cheeks are sunken and their eyes are surrounded by bluish rings.


Berberis is indicated for all typical symptoms that improve or worsen by the following modalities:Improvement:

  • massage
  • warmth
  • Move
  • bowel movement


  • Move
  • effort
  • vibration
  • To stand

What are typical areas of application for Berberis?

  • Kidney and bladder infections
  • irritable bladder
  • Gallbladder and renal colic
  • joint and back pain
  • psoriasis

Areas of application in detail

Biliary troubles, mild

Tendency to painful inflammation and changes in the gallbladder, accompanied by severe nausea and a feeling of pressure in the upper abdomen. Increased susceptibility to gallstones, which cause colicky symptoms.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6 

kidney problems

The urinary tract is sensitive and easily inflamed. Tendency to renal colic due to stone or gravel formation and constant cystitis . In particular, urination is perceived as unpleasant due to the intense burning sensation in the urethra.

Dosage: 3 times a day 3 globules in the potency D6

Application information

Dosage forms of Berberis

One uses globules or tinctures in potencies D1 to D2, ampoules from D4.

Berberi’s dosage

Urological and rheumatic symptoms as well as skin diseases are treated with a 3X or 6X potency and five globules are given twice a day. Liver and digestive problems are treated with 20 drops in the potency D6, which are taken daily in the morning and evening. Berberis is not necessarily suitable as an acute remedy. It often requires a longer treatment period.

Berberi’s effect

Berberis acts on the joints and spine, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder and skin.

Berberis in pregnancy

Berberis may only be administered homeopathically during pregnancy. The application focuses on urological complaints such as bladder and kidney pelvis inflammation. It can also be given when liver and bile duct problems occur as the pregnancy progresses as a result of organ displacement by the baby. These manifest themselves as constant nausea and itchy skin.

Berberis for the baby

Berberis babies appear anxious, especially at dusk. You look pale, your cheeks are sunken and there are bluish circles around your eyes. Diaper rash is often treated with Berberis. The itching is relieved by cold compresses. A brown discoloration of the affected skin area after the rash has disappeared is characteristic.
The homeopathic remedy is used to treat fever. Babies often develop a fever around 11 a.m. in the morning. The face is hot while the rest of the body is cold.

Berberis for dogs, horses and cats

Berberis is primarily used to treat renal colic in animals. This often occurs on the left side. The animals sweat profusely and appear very weak.

Side Effects of Berberis

In low potency, Berberis often triggers an initial aggravation. If this is very pronounced, the dose should first be reduced. After the initial aggravation has subsided, one returns to the initially chosen dosage. If it then gets worse again, the drug should be discontinued and replaced with another. In principle, Berberis can be combined well with other remedies.

Similar means


In the case of acute gallbladder complaints, China and Berberis are to be differentiated for the treatment. In China, abdominal cramps are improved by firm pressure and worsened by light pressure and touching of the abdomen.

Typical potencies: Berberis is often used in potencies 6X, 12X, 30X and 200X.

fabric type: Medicinal plant, root bark


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