Belladonna Tincture

Belladonna is a member of the Solanaceae (more commonly known as the nightshade or potato) family of plants. The Solanaceae family also includes brugmansia, capsicum (used to make paprika and chili pepper), eggplant, jimsonweed, mandrake, petunia, potato, tobacco, and tomato plants.

The main chemical components of belladonna are:

  • Atropine
  • Hyoscyamine
  • Scopolamine (Hyoscine)

    Belladonna can be fatal to most carnivorous animals and humans, but the same doses have very little effect upon most birds and plant eating animals. Children are often poisoned by the berries, mistaking them for cherries or other sweet fruit.

    Today there are very few medical preparations made with belladonna. However, in the past belladonna had a multitude of medical applications including:

  • to ease pain
  • to treat gout
  • to treat sciatica
  • treatment for neuralgia
  • treatment for rheumatism
  • treatment for kidney diseases
  • treatment for bladder diseases
  • treatment for urinary tract problems
  • to dilate the pupil prior to operating on
  • protection from infection of scarlet fever
  • to relieve local inflammation and congestion
  • to relieve photophobia (abnormal sensitivity to light)
  • to relieve internal ocular pressure in ulceration of the cornea

    -Belladonna (Atropa belladonna)

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