Belladonna - Deadly Nightshade: Benefits, Uses, Effects?
Belladonna is a plant. The leaves and roots are used to make medicine.
The name "belladonna" means "beautiful lady" and was chosen because of a risky practice that took place in Italy. Historically, the berry juice Belladonna was used in Italy to enlarge the pupils of women, giving them a striking appearance. But this was not a good idea because it can be poisonous belladonna.
Although use is considered unsafe, belladonna is used as a sedative, to stop bronchial spasms that occur with asthma and whooping cough and as a remedy for colds and hay fever. It is also used for Parkinson's disease, colic, dizziness, and as an analgesic.
Belladonna is used in ointments applied to the skin for pain in the joints (rheumatism), the leg pain caused by pressure on a disc of the spine on the sciatic nerve (sciatica) and nerve pain (neuralgia). Belladonna is also used as a poultice (medical impregnated gauze is applied to the skin) to treat psychiatric disorders, for a behavioral disorder called hyperkinesis for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and bronchial asthma.
Rectally, belladonna is used in suppositories for hemorrhoids.
How effective is it?
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-Arthritis type pain.
-The spasms and cramping of the stomach and bile duct pain.
Tests to evaluate the efficacy of belladonna for these uses.
How it works?
Belladonna has chemicals that can block the function of the body's nervous system. Some of the bodily functions controlled by the nervous system are salivation, sweating, pupil size, urination, and other digestive functions.
Is there concern about the safety of their use?
Belladonna is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It contains chemicals that may be toxic.
Side effects may include dry mouth, dilated pupils, blurred vision, flushed dry skin, fever, rapid pulse, inability to urinate or perspire, hallucinations, spasms, mental problems, seizures and coma.
Warnings and Precautions:
Pregnancy and lactation: Belladonna is UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy. Belladonna contains potentially toxic chemicals and their use has been linked to reports of serious side effects. Belladonna is UNSAFE during lactation. It may decrease milk production and also pass into breast milk.
Congestive heart failure (CHF): Belladonna may cause a rapid heart rate (tachycardia) and may worsen CHF.
Constipation: Belladonna may worsen constipation.
Down Syndrome: People with Down syndrome may be particularly sensitive to potentially toxic chemicals are found in the belladonna and its harmful effects.
Esophageal reflux: Belladonna may worsen esophageal reflux.
Fever: belladonna may increase the risk of overheating in people with fever.
Stomach ulcers: Belladonna may worsen stomach ulcers.
Infections of the gastrointestinal tract (GI): Belladonna may delay the emptying of the intestine, causing retention of bacteria and viruses that can cause infection.
Obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract (GI): Belladonna could worsen obstructive diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (including lethargy, ileus, and stenosis).
Hiatus hernia: Belladonna could worsen the hiatal hernia.
Angle-closure glaucoma: Belladonna could worsen narrow-angle glaucoma.
Fast heart rate (tachycardia): Belladonna could accelerate heartbeat.
Ulcerative Colitis: Belladonna could promote complications of ulcerative colitis.
Difficulty urinating (urinary retention): Belladonna may increase retention of urine.
Are there interactions with medications?
Be cautious with this combination
Medicines that dry mucous membranes (anticholinergic drugs)
Belladonna contains chemicals that dry mucous membranes. Belladonna also affects the brain and heart. Medications called anticholinergics, which dry mucous membranes, can also cause these effects. Taking belladonna and anticholinergic drugs together can cause side effects such as dry skin, dizziness, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and other serious side effects.
Some of these medications include dry mucous atropine, scopolamine, and some medications used for allergies (antihistamines) and depression (antidepressants).
Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?
No interaction known herbs and supplements.
Are there interactions with foods?
No interaction with food known.
What dose is used?
The appropriate dose of belladonna depends on many factors such as the age of the person, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Belladonna. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow the instructions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare provider before using.
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