Atropa belladona toxicity
Deadly nightshade properties
Scientific noun: Atropa belladonna L.
Common noun: Deadly nightshade
Family: Nightshade family- Solanaceae.
Habitat: In mountain woods, humid and dark.
Alkaloids: Atropine (C17 H 23O3 N) and hyoscyamine
Active parts: The hyoscyamine in the whole plant and the atropine in the root.
A drawing of the plant
PROPERTIES OF BELLADONNA
Medicinal uses of belladonna
- Medicines with belladonna: components of this plant are used to make medicines used in ophthalmologic examinations,
Given the toxicity of this plant it should not be used in home remedies
Belladonna toxicity is very high. Many people, especially children, have been poisoned by eating its bright fruit.
Symptoms of belladonna poisoning
The main symptoms of belladonna poisoning include:
- Pupil dilation
- Dry mouth and skin,
- Paralysis and coma.
Medical treatment: Stomach rinsing, heart stimulants and emetics.
More information about plants cultivation in the listing above.
This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.