Remarkable Nightshade Botanical Medicine Backed by Science

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Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside conventional medicine. Most of these deadly herbs have served a medical purpose for over 2,000 years. Today science has proven their efficacy in medicine.


Medicine has found numerous uses for the Deadly Nightshade. Throughout history it has been used medicine. Nightshades can be toxic if used incorrectly but for scientists’ nightshade herbs have medical uses such as controlling spasms or an antihistamine. The following nightshade herbs have researched for the use in medicine. The following nightshade herbs have researched for the use in medicine.

Ashwaganda (Indian Ginseng, Withania)

Ashwaganda is a huge part in Ayurveda medicine and traditional Chinese Medicine. In Alzheimer’s diseases Ashwaganda was shown in mice to have a therapeutic effect by reversing behavior deficits and pathology of the disease. The research team from New Castle University tested ashwaganda extract on mice with Alzheimer’s that was not able or retain what they learned. After receiving the extract for 20 days they showed cognitive improvement and had a reduction in amyloid plaques. (Phytotherapy Research Jan. 26, 2012). As an Ayurvedic treatment of Ashwaganda powder and Sidh Makardhwaj a Ayurvedic medicine, with herbal and mineral ingredients, in tablet form may be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome by reducing inflammation. (Indian Journal of Medical Treatments Jan. 2015)

Atropa Belladonna (Devil's Cherries. Naughty Man's Cherries. Divale. Black Cherry. Devil's Herb. Great Morel, Dwayberry)

Atropa belladonna contains anticholinergic agents that have a bronchodilatory effect which appears promising to relieve symptoms of GERD-associated asthma (Global Advances in Health and Medicine A Pediatric Case Report Jan.2016, Volume 5 Number 1) A double-blind study compared a placebo or belladonna-ergotamine-phenobarbital {BPE} which is a anticholinergic agent that blocks signals from the central and the peripheral nervous system, the study found BPE offers benefits for reoccurring throbbing headaches.(HEADACHE The journal of head and face pain July 1977)


Bittersweet used traditionally as an external treatment for skin abrasions and inflammation. The German Commission E which is composed of scientists, toxicologists, physicians and pharmacists evaluate the usefulness of 300 herbs approved using the stems of bittersweet externally for chronic eczema. In a 2009 study the plant parts of bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara); unripe fruit, flowers and roots were selected due to their high alkaloid. The alkaloids were extracted from the various parts of bittersweet and were screen for antibacterial activity, Researchers found the alkaloids from all three parts of bittersweet had inhibited the growth of E. coli and S. aureus, (Natural product research 23(8):719-23 · February 2009)

Brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet)

In South America a poultice made from the leaves is used externally to speed up the oozing of boils and to relieve pain. In Ayurveda medicine the leaves are burnt and the smoke is inhaled for asthma and bronchitis. A few drops of specially prepared oil made from the leaves is used to cure earaches.

Datura (Devils Trumpet)

A paste made out of the roasted Datura leaves are used are applied over the area to relieve pain. The leaves are also used to relieve headaches. A European remedy consists of using boiling water with the leaf in it for hemorrhoid. (Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, Volume 2 Issue 12 December 2012)

Duboisia (corkwood)

Duboisia leaves are rich source of tropane alkaloids that are used in modern medicines such as stimulants, antispasmodics and analgesics. In homeopathy a tincture and solution of alkaloid prepared from extract of the leaves for eye complaints that include sharp pain in upper eye and eye tiredness.

Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger, black henbane, stinking nightshade)

The Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi had found the extract henbane prevents spasms in gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders, Henbane is traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory drug and it is validated chemically and biologically. Removing methanol from the henbane seeds have shown acute and chronic painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects in animal studies. (Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine Sept.-Oct 2014)

Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium, Thornapple, Locoweed)

The leaves and seeds are used in medicine. Extract from the leaves provide complete protection as a mosquito replant. (Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, Volume 2 Issue 12 December 2012) Despite serious safety concerns, jimson weed is used to treat asthma, cough, flu (influenza), swine flu, and nerve diseases.(Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database)

Mandrake (Satan’s Apple)

Mandrake leaf and extract are used topically for skin ulcers. In homeopathic medicine mandrake is used insomnia, depression, asthma and joint pain. Mandrake root has been taken for hay fever, arthritis pain and whooping cough. It has been used to induce vomiting.


Tobacco is used in homeopathic medicine for different mild health conditions including dizziness, dry cough and motion sickness. It has been used also for serious health conditions such as angina and respiratory conditions. Homeopaths will use small prepared doses of tobacco call Tabacum for the specific symptoms that it is known to cause.


This article is informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment.

Do not stop taking any medication without asking your professional healthcare provider. Always alert your healthcare provider and/or alternative practitioner about herbs and supplements you may be taking. Certain herbs and supplements can cause an interaction with medications.

Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider or qualified provider with any concerns you may have about a medical condition. Never disregard medical advice from your healthcare provider or delay going for treatment due to something you may have read.


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