This section is from the book "A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Thos. S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: A Practitioner's handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Bryonia Alba. This drug is one peculiarly well justifying a book like the present volume. Bryonia was formerly much used in regular practice as an active hydrogogue cathartic, but it so frequently gave rise to inflammation of the stomach and bowels that it fell into disuse. The homeopaths took it up and developed a formidable list of subjective symptoms in the treatment of which it appeared to be of benefit. They have employed it in the treatment of "pain of a stitching, tearing character, worse by motion, better by rest," and those among them who do not practice "high dilution" have had remarkable things to tell about it. The eclectics then took it up, and have worked out its physiologic action in the small dose and placed its therapy upon a scientific basis. It is rapidly coming into use among regular physicians. From rather extended personal employment of Bryonia it impresses me as a highly useful remedy. Only the recent plant, as found in England and parts of Europe, should be employed; consequently, the ordinary tinctures and extracts are disappointing and frequently are inert.