Belladonna – uses, health risks, and side effects at NaturalPedia.com

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Belladonna is a naturally occurring mixture made from the belladonna plant (Atropa belladonna). Belladonna is known as deadly nightshade and is a poisonous plant native to parts of Asia and Europe.

Belladonna produces various effects in the body. It helps relieve spasms of the stomach and intestines, the bladder, and the biliary tract. Belladonna is also helpful in managing many conditions. These include colitis, diverticulitis, infant colic, irritable bowel syndrome,  peptic ulcer, renal and biliary colic, and spastic bladder. In addition, belladonna decreases the secretions of many organs, thus helping to control conditions such as excessive stomach acid production. It is also used to treat abdominal cramping associated with menstruation, motion sickness, nausea, vomiting,  and to reduce nighttime urination.

Belladonna products can be purchased over the counter in pharmacies or health food store. They are usually marketed as nutritional supplements and are sold in tablets, tincture, ointments, and in a pump spray.

Known side effects of belladonna

The known side effects of belladonna include the following:

  • Blurred vision, dilated pupils, or sensitivity of the eyes to bright light
  • Changes in taste
  • Decreased sweating
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Headaches, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  • Nasal congestion, stuffiness, or a dry mouth
  • Nausea, bloating, heartburn, or constipation
  • Weakness or nervousness

The serious side effects of belladonna include the following:

  • A rash or flushing
  • An allergic reaction (swelling of your lips, tongue, or face, difficulty breathing, the closing of the throat, or hives)
  • Irregular or fast heart rate
  • Eye pain

Other side effects of belladonna include sleepiness, increased heart rate, eye pain, pregnancy and breastfeeding complications, Down syndrome, stomach ulcers, narrow-angle glaucoma, and ulcerative colitis.

Body systems that may be harmed by belladonna

The body systems that may be harmed by belladonna include digestive, nervous, respiratory, immune, and integumentary systems.

Food items or nutrients that may prevent belladonna’s side effects

The food items that may prevent the side effects of belladonna, mainly bloating, include celery, fennel, asparagus, ginger, peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea, yogurt, papaya, and pineapple.

Treatments, management plans for belladonna’s side effects

Natural remedies for the side effects of belladonna, mainly bloating, include drinking peppermint tea or chamomile tea, diluting a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water or tea, exercising, or adding two to five drops of clove oil to water.

Where to learn more

Summary

Belladonna is a poisonous plant native to parts of Asia and Europe.

Belladonna products are used to relieve spasms of the stomach and intestines, the bladder, and the biliary tract; reduce the secretions of many organs, thus helping to control conditions such as excessive stomach acid production; treat motion sickness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping associated with menstruation, and to reduce nighttime urination.

Belladonna causes sleepiness, increased heart rate, eye pain, pregnancy and breastfeeding complications, Down syndrome, stomach ulcers, narrow-angle glaucoma, and ulcerative colitis.

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