Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
||Deadly nightshade, Black cherry, Devil's herb
General description and domicile:
Originally widespread over the Northern Hemisphere Belladonna is now cultivated
all over the world. It is an attractive plant with oval green leaves and
pink/purple bell shaped flowers that appear in July or early spring. The
perennial plant produces bright red berries about two moths after flowering that
turn black on ripening.
Although there is some controversy around the origin of the name
it is generally accepted that it was named after Atropos the Greek god that held
power of life or death over mortal;s.
Warning: Extreme care must be taken when handling this
plant as very little contact with Belladonna can be fatal.
Part used and extraction:
All of the plant is used, harvested in the flowering season.
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture
The name "Bella Donna" (beautiful lady) does not refer to the aesthetics of
the plant, which is rather pretty, but the practice, dating back to medieval
times, of Italian women putting drops extracted from Belladonna in their eyes to
dilate the pupils to enhance their appearance.
Despite the awesome reputation this herb had in witchcraft and
the general acceptance that it contains a deadly poison many a child was tempted
to eat the fruit with, almost always, fatal results. It is hard to believe that
something so evil can look so pretty and wholesome.
Belladonna was used as an antispasmodic and to relieve stress in
herbal medicine and although it was reported to be very effective, that practice
also resulted in many poisonings.
Hahnemann, who conducted many of his provings by observing and
questioning poison victims, noticed a strong correlation between the effects of
Belladonna poisoning and the symptoms of scarlet fever adding Belladonna to his
remedies at the end of the eighteenth century.
How to use these pages:
What follows below is a profile of the homeopathic remedy. This profile must
be compared with the profile of the person to be treated in great detail before
treatment can be commenced. See
How to Use
Energetic and active when well Belladonna people turn angry, agitated,
confused and restless when ill. Belladonna people are volatile with fierce
tempers. When ill they are sensitive to light and noise.
High fevers, dilated pupils, throbbing pain, red, flushed skin that
radiates heat. Movement aggravates the throbbing pain.
Illness that comes on very suddenly.
If a sore throat is present it will be red, swollen and feel as if it is burning
up. There may be a dry cough.
Headaches will settle behind one eye and throb more with the slightest movement.
Fevers are accompanied by hot flushed face and can lead to delirium.
Menstrual pain is accompanied by heavy periods and hot, painful vagina.
Flushed skin particularly face, light and noise sensitive, aggravated by
movement, confused agitation.
Used for treatment of:
Pains accompanied by heat and redness
Painful breasts: during breastfeeding. Breasts become engorged,
painful, thropbbing, hot and red lines.
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
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