What is deadly nightshade
Characteristics of deadly nightshade
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.
PROPERTIES OF BELLADONNA
Medicinal uses of belladonna
- Remedies with Belladonna: It has been traditionally used to combat stomach cramps, epilepsy and asthma.
- 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 of belladonna poisoning
- Stomach rinsing
- Heart stimulants
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26 July, 2020