Bryony has several common names in English: English mandrake, false mandrake, wild vine, wild hops, tamus, wild nep ladies’ seal, and tetterbury.


Bryony is native to eastern and central Europe, the Scandinavian, Balkan regions, and Northern Iran. It grows in sandy areas with mild winters and hot summers and forests attached to trees.


The bryony is a monoecious, diclinous plant (separate male and female flowers found on the same plant) with a tuberous yellow root. Greenish-white flowers are 1 cm across. Flowers, long curling tendrils, and fruit all stem from axils of palmately lobed leaves. The fruit is a 1.5 cm berry that blackens as it ripens.

Part used

The medicinal part is derived from roots.


Traditional Uses and Benefits

The bryony root extract has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years. Bryony is mainly used to cure coughs, terrible headaches, and flu. Besides, the bryony is also useful for treating the inflamed lining of the joints, abdomen, and chest. It is given to people enduring osteoarthritis and rheumatism.

Bryony is also useful in treating several other health conditions, such as pneumonia, colic, pleurisy, and constipation. It is best to treat physical symptoms such as heavy sensation in the eyelids,  profuse sweating, sharp pain, and a tightened throat.

The plant is useful for patients who endure physical symptoms like a reddened, tender, distended nose, a hoarse, tightened throat, and dry cough.

Bryony is the ideal cure for people who have severe dehydration in the mouth, throat, mucous membranes, and chest, accompanied by irritating cough and stabbing chest pain.

This plant provides relief from the symptoms, distended and rigid, accompanied by sharp pain, owing to arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, or any injury.

Bryony is an effective remedy for treating pale, hot, and firm breasts accompanied by piercing pains, particularly in pregnant or nursing women.

It is also a useful remedy for patients who are suffering from constipation. Such patients may generally experience a rumbling and colicky pain in their abdominal region.

Dosage and Precautions

The remedy can be prepared from the roots. The roots are cleaned, sliced, made into a pulp, and infused in alcohol for about ten days.

The dosage for adults is four drops three times a day. Repeat at greater intervals as the condition subsides.

Warning: All parts of the bryony contain bryonin, a poisonous compound that may cause illness or death. By consuming the fruit and leaves, livestock may also be poisoned. Forty berries constitute a lethal dose for adult humans.



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