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- Feb 01 2018
Belladonna: An Ancient Medicine
Belladonna is a poisonous plant found in Asia and Europe. It has been used as medicines from ancient times. Atropa belladonna is its scientific name and it is also known as deadly nightshade, devil's cherries, devil's herb, great morel, naughty man's cherries, and poison black cherry. It can be identified by its bell-shaped, purple flowers and cherry-sized green berries that mature to a dark purple or black color. Belladonna leaves are large up to 10 inch in length and grow in pairs on either side of the plant stem. The leaves and roots of a belladonna have a sharp, unpleasant odour and bitter taste.
Belladonna is used as sedative to stop bronchial spasms in asthma and whooping cough, and as a cold and hay fever remedy. It is also used for Parkinson’s disease, colic, motion sickness, and as a painkiller, in plasters (medicine-filled gauze applied to the skin) for treating psychiatric disorders. Belladonna is used in hemorrhoid suppositories.
Belladonna has chemicals (atropine and scopolamine) that can block functions of the body's nervous system such as salivation, sweating, pupil size, urination, digestive functions, and others.
The chemical derivatives of belladonna (atropine or scopolamine) in combination with Phenobarbital or other medications are used to treat a number of conditions, including:
irritable bowel syndrome
excessive night-time urination
Belladonna is likely unsafe when taken by mouth as it contains chemicals that can be toxic.
Belladonna has side effects witch include, dry mouth, enlarged pupils, blurred vision, red dry skin, fever, fast heartbeat, inability to urinate or sweat, hallucinations, spasms, mental problems, convulsions, and coma.
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