- March 12, 2007 at 11:22 pm #238947BiggerPiggyBankParticipant
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Belladonna is a natural sedative, and is often used as a natural
sleep aid. It is also a natural narcotic, and can be addictive.
Here’s some information on the uses and doses of Belladonna, aka
—Medicinal Action and Uses—
Narcotic, diuretic, sedative, antispasmodic, mydriatic. Belladonna
is a most valuable plant in the treatment of eye diseases, Atropine,
obtained during extraction, being its most important constituent on
account of its power of dilating the pupil. Atropine will have this
effect in whatever way used, whether internally, or injected under
the skin, but when dropped into the eye, a much smaller quantity
suffices, the tiny discs oculists using for this purpose, before
testing their patient’s sight for glasses, being made of gelatine
with 1/50000 grain of Atropine in each, the entire disk only
weighing 1/50 grain.
Scarcely any operation on the eye can safely be
performed without the aid of this valuable drug. It is a strong
poison, the amount given internally being very minute, 1/200 to
1/100 grain. As an antidote to Opium, Atropine may be injected
subcutaneously, and it has also been used in poisoning by Calabar
bean and in Chloroform poisoning.
It has no action on the voluntary
muscles, but the nerve endings in involuntary muscles are paralysed
by large doses, the paralysis finally affecting the central nervous
system, causing excitement and delirium.
The various preparations of Belladonna have many uses. Locally
applied, it lessens irritability and pain, and is used as a lotion,
plaster or liniment in cases of neuralgia, gout, rheumatism and
sciatica. As a drug, it specially affects the brain and the bladder.
It is used to check excessive secretions and to allay inflammation
and to check the sweating of phthisis and other exhausting diseases.
Small doses allay cardiac palpitation, and the plaster is applied to
the cardiac region for the same purpose, removing pain and distress.
It is a powerful antispasmodic in intestinal colic and spasmodic
asthma. Occasionally the leaves are employed as an ingredient of
cigarettes for relieving the latter. It is well borne by children,
and is given in large doses in whooping cough and false croup.
For its action on the circulation, it is given in the collapse of
pneumonia, typhoid fever and other acute diseases. It increases the
rate of the heart by some 20 to 40 beats per minute, without
diminishing its force.
It is of value in acute sore throat, and relieves local inflammation
Hahnemann proved that tincture of Belladonna given in very small
doses will protect from the infection of scarlet fever, and at one
time Belladonnna leaves were held to be curative of cancer, when
applied externally as a poultice, either fresh or dried and
Belladonna plasters are often applied, after a fall, to the injured
or sprained part. A mixture of Belladonna plaster, Salicylic acid
and Lead plaster is recommended as an application for corns and
—Preparations and Dosages—
Powdered leaves, 1 to 2 grains.
Powdered root, 1 to 5 grains.
Fluid extract leaves, 1 to 3 drops.
Fluid extract root, B.P., 1/4 to 1 drop.
Tincture, B.P., 5 to 15 drops.
Alkaloid Atropine, Alcoholic extract, B.P., 1/4 to 1 grain.
Green extract, B.P., 1/4 to 1 grain.
Juice, B.P., 5 to 15 drops.
Liniment, B.P. Plaster, B.P. and U.S.P.
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