Thursday, March 26, 2009

Usage of Herbal Belladonna

By Sanjib Sarkar

Belladonna is a very poisonous plant species. A common name for Belladonna is deadly nightshade. The plant species is distributed throughout Europe, West Asia, North America and North Africa. Plants grow to 1.5 m (5 ft) tall with 18 cm (7 in) long. The plant grows berries which are extremely poisonous.

The berries from the Belladonna plant are extremely toxic. A child that swallows 5 berries in their mouth could potentially die. An adult that swallows 10 to 20 berries could also potentially die. Belladonna is a weed and can be identified in any wooden area. Belladonna should also not be consumed by certain livestock or dogs and cats. Cattle and rabbits are not affected by the Belladonna poison. These animals may safely eat the Belladona berries.

Conventional Medical Uses Of Belladonna

Over the counter flu and cough medicine contain small amounts of Belladonna. Belladonna is also used in minute amounts to dilate pupils.

Other medicines are often mixed with Belladonna. Prescription drugs such as Donnatal provides peripheral anticholinergic/antispasmodic action and mild sedation. This medicine has natural belladonna alkaloids combine with phenobarbital.

This medicine may help with the treatment if irritable bowel syndrome, acute enterocolistis and as a complimentary therapy in the treatment of duodenal ulcers. There is no conclusive medicine of this prescription drug works for these medical conditions.

Homeopathic uses for Belladonna

Hanhemann proved this remedy in 1799 and used it to treat Scarlett fever. Belladonna is used to treat conditions with a sudden onset. The type of conditions Belladonna treatments are similar to the symptoms if someone is poisoned with Belladonna. Belladonna poisoning results in people getting a high fever, sore throat or loss of voice, nausea, delirium, muscle spasms, flushed skin and dilated pupils. Homeopathic Belladonna is used to treat these type of conditions in a person.

The homeopathic belladonna remedy is use to cure cold and flu symptoms, infections with inflammation, intense pounding headaches, boils, earaches, seizures, labor pain, pink eye, nose bleeds, nephritis(inflammation of the kidneys) restless sleep, teething pain, tonsillitis, acne and sunburn.

Breast infections, urinary bladder infections, menstrual cramps, and irritated nipples due to breast feeding are treated with the homeopathic remedy Belladonna.

These conditions are better with warmth and standing. Cold air, movement and lying down may worsen symptoms.

Reference from Wikipedia.

Answers on Belladonna.

Complete Guide to Homeopathy. Dr. Andrew Lockie and Dr. Nicola Geedes.

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