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

What is Mahonia aquifolium?

Mahonia aquifolium is used in homeopathy as a skin remedy and is mainly used to treat psoriasis, dry itching and severe acne in men.
Furthermore, the remedy can be used as an alternative to the common barberry (Berberis vulgaris).

Mahonia aquifolium is often found in homeopathic drug directories under the name “Berberis aquifolium”.

Leading symptoms

  • Red, inflamed, scaly skin
  • dryness and itching of the skin
  • Skin tears that heal poorly
  • Impure skin, blackheads, acne

Information about the agent

How do you recognize patients who need Mahonia aquifolium?

Mahonia patients suffer from dry, scaly skin. One scratches oneself frequently, whereby the skin quickly tears and bleeds. The skin generally shows a rather impure appearance with blackheads and pimples, especially on hairy parts of the body. The fingertips of those affected are often cracked, peeling and bleeding rapidly. Small skin wounds heal slowly. Knees, ankles, wrists and elbows hurt, it is difficult to get up from a seated position.

There is tenderness under the ribs. Loss of appetite and cravings alternate. A painful blister forms on the tip of the tongue. The patients are sensitive, often overweight, take stressful situations very seriously, and are reluctant or not at all able to express their worries to the outside world. They appear apathetic, are pale, and dark circles appear under the eyes. Rapid changes in the symptoms of the disease when changing location are characteristic.


Mahonia aquifolium is indicated for all typical symptoms that improve or worsen by the following modalities:


  • quiet
  • excretion


  • movement and vibration
  • To sit
  • Stand
  • drive

What are typical areas of application for Mahonia aquifolium?

  • acne
  • cystitis
  • warts
  • psoriasis
  • menopausal symptoms

Areas of application in detail


Blackheads and pustules that itch and form pus blisters, mainly on hairy parts of the body. Men are affected more frequently than women. Even with “razor acne”.

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


Strong, odorless winds.

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

Bladder problems and bladder infections

Frequent urging to urinate with cutting pain. The urine is flaky, mucous, or dark in color. Men experience testicle pain when urinating.

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


Alternating with a great craving for liquid without recognizable external influences.

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


Scaly, severely itchy skin that bleeds when scratched. Psoriasis (psoriasis). Dry scalp with dandruff – also in infants and small children.

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


Flat warts on the hands that indicate a metabolic disorder.

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

Menopausal symptoms (climacteric symptoms)

Pain in the lower back, which occurs mainly in the morning when sitting and lying down.

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

Application information

Dosage forms of Mahonia aquifolium

Mahonia aquifolium can be used both internally and externally as an ointment.

Mahonia aquifolium dosage

Administration of five globules of Mahonia aquifolium three times a day in low potency (D3, maximum D6) and the application of a homeopathic mahonia ointment up to three times a day to the affected areas of the skin are common.

Higher potencies when given orally should ideally be determined by a homeopath.

Mahonia aquifolium During pregnancy

The remedy can be used during pregnancy for pregnancy acne and other itchy skin changes / dermatoses, but also for heartburn, cystitis and pain in the lower back.

Mahonia aquifolium can be taken for craving attacks with changing loss of appetite.

Side Effects of Mahonia aquifolium

The remedy should preferably be used in low potency up to 6X. Higher potencies could potentially target covert kidney disease. Patients with known kidney problems are advised to seek professional advice before starting therapy with Mahonia aquifolium.

Typical potencies: Mother tincture, D3, D6

fabric type: medicinal plant


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