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Berberis Vulgaris - Skin symptoms - T.F. Allen

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HPUS indication of Berberis Vulgaris: Itching

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Berberis Vulgaris in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



General Appearance.

The skin frequently becomes sticky and scales off, and a thin, brownish, superficial scurf appears on its inner margin.

Two small red spots on each side of the forehead (sixty-fifth day).

On the forepart of the left shoulder, three small, punctiform, mottled, dusky-red spots, at times smarting slightly (seventy-fourth day).

On the forepart of the right shoulder, two dusky-red mottled spots nearly confluent, one about a quarter of an inch, the other about five-fourths of an inch long, somewhat painful upon grasping it, as after a bruise of the skin or like "vibices" (forty-fourth day).

A pale dusky-red, mottled spot as large as a half-dollar near the external condyle of the left humerus, at times burning and itching as if congested, in the middle of an elevated nettlerash-like welt.

Small dusky-red, petechial-like, at times slightly itching or burning spots, on the forearm, also at times on the back of the hand, chiefly near the wrist and a few inches from it.

A severely smarting spot an inch and a half long, bright red, on the inner side of the left thigh, about five inches from the knee, lasting more than half an hour; rubbing aggravates the pain; the spot disappears the next day.


Single, seldom grouped, sticking, red, burning-itching or sticking, or gnawing pimples on the skin, sensitive to pressure, usually surrounded by a red areola, with small tips containing pus, at last changing to brown spots like liver spots.

Several pimples on the lips.

Pimples at times on the chin.

Several pimples on the throat.

Some pimples in the skin of the chest, most numerous on the shoulder-blades.

Pimples on the neck, sometimes isolated, frequently in groups, especially near the hair.

Some pimples on the back.

Some pimples upon the shoulders.

A pimple on the tip of the right elbow, which became much inflamed by rubbing.

Isolated pimples on the back of the fingers, at one time one on the radial side of the right ring finger.

On the back of the first phalanx of the right index finger a small superficial pimple as if a wart would form.

Some pimples on the nates.

A few pimples on the thigh.

On the left upper arm just beneath and behind the shoulder a patch of nettle-rash, two-thirds of an inch long, itching somewhat, afterwards desquamating (fifty-fifth day).

An itching spot of nettle-rash on the left upper arm, a few inches above the elbow.

A nettle-rash-like itching spot on the back of the left hand, in the forepart, between the second and third metacarpal bones.

In the ball of the right hand, three superficial semi-transparent small warts, disappearing after some time (one hundred and first day).

Superficially, or rather just under the skin, a wart as large as a millet-seed, on the outer surface of the third phalanx of the right middle finger, slightly itching (one hundred and fifth day).

On the inner right side of the lower lip, a vesicle as large as a small pea, becomes flattened; the next day two smaller ones arise.

On the mucous membrane of the lips and cheeks, several very painful and very red inflamed pimples, with deep though not broad suppurating points in the centre.

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