Belladonna is from the Solanaceae family it is also known as atropa belladonna, nightshade, devil’s cherry and deadly nightshade. Belladonna is considered highly toxic due to the high presence of the alkaloid atropine. The root contains the most toxic levels.
Description: Belladonna is a hardy perennial that has a fleshy, white, thick root. The stem is purplish color and considered an herbaceous annual. The leaves are a darkish green dull color, anywhere from 3 to 10 inches long and unequal in size.
Medicinal Uses: Belladonna is used as an antispasmodic, sedative, diuretic, and narcotic. The medication Atropine is derived from the belladonna plant. Depending on the preparation of the plant there are many uses including lessening pain through lotions and liniments.
Poison Factors: Considered one of the most toxic plants. All parts of the belladonna plant contain tropane alkaloids. A dose of ten to twenty berries is considered a lethal dose in adults and two to five berries is lethal to children.
Chemical Components: The main constituents are hysoscyamine and atropine.
Important Information: Due to its high toxicity Belladonna is not recommended for consumption, unless properly prepared by an herbalist or health care provider.
Interactions: None are documented, but users should take precautions when driving or using heavy equipment as belladonna has the possibility of causing drowsiness.
This page is to be used for information only. Please contact a health professional or a certified herbalist before trying any homeopathic herbs or remedies. This information is not meant to replace or disregard your medical professionals advice.
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