Belladonna is a highly toxic plant yet it has been used for medicinal purposes. In fact atropa belladonna has many different uses. Medical science has now proved that medicines can be prepared using belladonna plant for the treatment of certain diseases. Here in this article we will discuss about the uses of belladonna plant. So read on to find out the common uses of atropa belladonna plant.
Listed below are the uses of deadly nightshade plant:
Cosmetics – Belladonna is an Italian word meaning ‘beautiful women’. In earlier Italy, belladonna was used to dilate women’ eye pupils, an effect considered attractive. Atropine in belladonna plant acts as antimuscarinic, obstructing receptors in the muscles of the eye that narrow pupil size. Presently, belladonna plant is currently rarely used cosmetically, as it carries the adverse effects of causing minor visual distortions, inability to focus on near objects, and increased heart rate. In fact prolong usage can lead to blindness.
Medical uses – Belladonna plant is used for medicinal purpose. The purified form of belladonna plant is accepted and used for medical purposes. It is effectively use as adjunctive therapy when treating for irritable bowel syndrome and acute enterocolitis. This is one of the other belladonna uses.
Traditional and alternative medicine – For centuries, belladonna plant has been used for a variety of conditions which include headache, inflammation, menstrual symptoms, histaminic reaction, peptic ulcer disease and motion sickness. This is one of the other uses of belladonna plant. In 19th century, electric medicine journal explains how to prepare belladonna tincture for direct administration to patients.
Recreational drug – This also include in another uses of belladonna plant. Belladonna pant along with the related plants like jimson weed have been used as a recreational drugs since it produces hallucination and delirium. But over uses is dangerous and can lead to death. Moreover, the central nervous system effects of atropine include memory disruption, which may lead to severe confusion.