Belladonna (Atropa belladonna) is commonly known as Deadly nightshade. It is a poisonous perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the family Solanaceae. Belladonna 30 & Belladonna 200 are the most commonly used homeopathic medicines.
It was known to the medical profession since 1500 A.D but came into the homeopathic practice after proving first made by Samuel Hahnemann.
The word ‘Belladonna’ comes from the two Latin words ‘Bella’ and ‘donna’ that means the ‘beautiful lady’ was chosen because of a cosmetic use by Italian women to dilate their pupils, brighten their eyes and flush the cheeks to look more beautiful.
It is one of the most important polychrest remedies in homeopathy and has actions on almost every part of the body. It is a very useful remedy for fever, headache (due to the haircut, exposure to cold, or by the heat of the sun), tonsillitis, is effective in reducing muscle spasms, and acts as an antispasmodic.
Belladonna is best suited to those having a lymphatic constitution. Women and children with light hair and blue eyes with a fine complexion and delicate skin.
Belladonna is suggested to those people who are well behaved, jolly, and entertaining when well but become violent and often delirious when they suffer from sickness.
Guiding symptoms of Belladonna
The patients who require belladonna are very sensitive to take cold especially from having a hair cut, uncovering the head, and becoming worse when there is the change from warm to cold.
Belladonna is a very useful remedy for fever, due to exposure to cold air. In case of high fever with the heat of head but limbs generally appear cold. Fever starts with a severe chill in the evening and becomes worse at night. There is no thirst in Belladonna though there is high fever and dryness of the mouth.
It is the first remedy that comes to mind in headaches. Headache that is periodical and congestive. Violent shooting pains in the head drive the patient almost wild.
Belladonna has also worked very effectively in the case of tonsillitis. The swelling starts from the right tonsil and then goes to the left. There is difficulty in swallowing water when patients want to drink.
The active principles of Belladonna are atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine. These chemical derivatives of belladonna are acted as anesthesia by acting on the nervous system, also helpful in reducing muscular spasms, that is why belladonna is also used as antispasmodic.
Belladonna has properties to treat the symptoms of low heart rate, reduce salivation and secretion of the body and also be helpful in motion sickness.
There is a burning sensation and redness in the part anywhere and everywhere in patients of Belladonna.
It is a great pain remedy, helpful in treating those kinds of pain that come suddenly and goes suddenly, pain that comes from above and goes down.
Belladonna is an essential remedy for infants and children. It is helpful to treat colic and diarrhea of infants due to indigestion, convulsions during teething with fever, and epilepsy in children.
This article will cover from head to toe all the organs of the body. And wherever symptoms are matched, this medicine can be used-
The belladonna patient lives in the world of his own. He imagines that he sees ghosts, hideous faces, black animals, dogs, and insects.
The patients of belladonna have violent and furious delirium in which they try to escape, they have the disposition to bite those around them, spit, strike and tear things.
They also have fear of water (hydrophobia), fear of imaginary things, and want to run away from them.
There is a complete loss of consciousness, constant desire to come out of bed, delirium with picking at the bedclothes and tearing them. Nothing seems right to them. They may forget in a moment what they were about to do which signifies absent-mindedness and impaired memory.
Belladonna patients at one time merry then again become sad. They think of themselves as suddenly rich. In great excitement, they laugh loud and grind their teeth.
Headache from the suppressed catarrhal flow, from having a hair cut and uncovering of the head.
The headache of belladonna is well marked, it is of the congestive, burning, and pressing type. Pain especially in the forehead also in occiput and temples. Patient constant moans with pain.
Mostly right-sided headache which becomes worse in light, noise, motion and when lying down. Better by pressure and tight bandaging around the head.
Vertigo with falling to the left side or backward increased on any movement of the body and relieved after sleeping. Vertigo as if everything turned in a circle. Palpitation reverberates in the head with throbbing and heat.
Eyes feel swollen and protruding, staring, with dilated pupils.
Belladonna helps to treat inflammation of eyelids (blepharitis), conjunctivitis with pain, and blurred vision.
Feeling of burning heat and dryness in the eyes with itching.
It is helpful in case of dryness of the eyes, which could not be relieved by winking or continued closing of the eyes.
In general, inflammatory swelling of the ears and also of the parotids.
Belladonna relieves earache accompanied by a great headache. The patient will complain of a sensation of heat and drumming in the ears (pulsatile tinnitus).
In Belladonna patients, the tip of the nose is red with a burning sensation, swollen and shinning.
There can be seen ulcers, crusts (dried mucus), and fissures in the nostrils and at the border of the nose.
In belladonna, there is the person who has frequent dry sneezing, with tickling especially in the left nostril, very frequent epistaxis, especially at night and on waking in the morning.
It is a useful remedy for toothache in children. Toothache, with swelling of the cheek.
There is a constant inclination to pass the tongue over the teeth, to relieve the pain.
The tongue and palate are dark red, the patients complain of dryness of the throat, and difficulty in swallowing.
Thick, whitish mucus accumulates in the mouth and throat, with a constant desire to hawk and swallow.
There is remarkable redness of the face seen in the patients of belladonna.
The face is red, hot, and swollen but the rest of the body is pale. There is the convulsive movement of the facial muscles, with distortion of the mouth.
In the throat, inflammation of the tonsils, which gets suppurate and cause difficulty in swallowing.
Sore throat, shooting pain in the pharynx as from an internal swelling, only felt during deglutition.
Belladonna is also very effective in treating whooping cough, barking cough with pain in the stomach before the attack with expectoration of blood.
It is helpful in many respiratory problems like bronchitis, catarrh, pharyngitis, laryngitis with rough and hoarse voice.
Breathing is heavy and stertorous with irregular and rapid respiration.
Violent constriction across the chest, as if it were being pressed from both sides.
Burning and heaviness in the chest, with sensation as if the lungs were swelling up and inflating the thorax.
It is a useful remedy when there is pressure in the heart region, which arrests the breathing and causes a sense of anxiety in the patient.
There is violent palpitation and an active, accelerated pulse.
Belladonna is found effective in treating high blood pressure and shows remarkable improvement in individuals having an accelerated pulse rate.
Belladonna is useful in treating stomach complaints when there is violent stomach ache, burning in the stomach with a desire to vomit.
After eating very little food, a peculiar contractive sensation feels in the stomach region, that remains long-lasting.
Bella Donna works well when there is violent shooting, cutting pain in the pit of the stomach, forcing the patients to bend the body backward.
The abdomen feels tender, distended, and aggravated by the least jar, even of the bed. The patient is obliged to walk.
Belladonna is helpful to treat abdominal colic, spasmodic tension from the chest too deep in the abdomen, which does not permit the body to move.
Belladonna is one of the best remedies for chronic, obstinate constipation due to dryness of the rectum.
Constipation may be associated with headaches and confusion of the head which are aggravated if there is no defecation.
Belladonna is a very effective remedy for treating hemorrhoids. The veins around the anus are red, swollen, bleeding, and are very sensitive to touch.
Involuntary stool on coughing or sneezing. The evacuation is undoubtedly diarrheic and causes painful itching in the rectum.
Belladonna works well in the case of enuresis, commonly known as bedwetting in children.
Belladonna is also indicated in acute prostatitis, where there is long hesitation before urination.
Belladonna is effective in treating many urinary complaints like UTI, pyelonephritis, cystitis, and paralytic weakness of the sphincter.
It is also indicated in cases where there is a very frequent desire to urinate, even if only a few drops have accumulated in the bladder. Urination becomes difficult, the patient must wait to pass the urine.
Belladonna is effective in treating those patients in which sexual desire is very strong. In a manic state, desire can be increased tremendously leading to involuntarily erection, frequent masturbation and the seminal emissions are copious.
It is helpful in complaints related to female sexual organs where there is bearing down pain in the uterus and region of the uterus as if everything would come out, mainly while lying down, and get ameliorated when standing or sitting erect.
In belladonna, patients complain of painful menses which come too early, are profuse, and are offensive.
Any of the female complaints of belladonna are aggravated around the time of menses.
Belladonna is a beneficial remedy for convulsion and cramps in the hand, cramps of thumb while writing, pustules about fingernails, and hasty motion of hands.
It is found very effective in treating the cases of the eruption of boils on the hand and cracked skin at the tip of the finger.
Belladonna is a very effective remedy in treating swelling of joints, painful twitching of the leg, and ascending weakness in the calf.
Belladonna works well in cases of ulcers of the lower limbs when elevating the limbs ameliorates and red eruptions of lower limbs.
Shooting pain in the leg is ameliorated by walking, pressing pain on the sole that is better by pressure and perspiration of the leg while sitting.
Belladonna is useful in treating backache due to prolonged poor posture, suppressed menses, spondylitis, or sciatica with pain in the hips and thighs.
The pain in the back gets aggravated by coughing and walking and is ameliorated by bending backward or lying on something hard.
Belladonna is also effective in case of stiff neck and pain in the nape of the neck due to swelling in glands of the neck.
The skin of the Belladonna patients is very sensitive to sunlight, detergent, and soaps and is prone to develop a type of contact dermatitis.
Belladonna is very useful in treating skin infections like smooth erysipelas, boils, carbuncles, and erythema nodosum.
Belladonna is a very good fever remedy when there is a high-grade fever and no thirst with the burning heat of the head but extremities appear cold.
Fever especially with confusion and delirium is often seen with flushing of the face, sensitivity to light where the patient wants to lie but cannot find comfort.
May hallucinate during fever, sees ghosts, dark animals, hideous faces, and wants to run away from them.
Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.
They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.
Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.
It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.
Almost all the symptoms of Belladonna get worse by the heat of the sun, after taking cold, noise, touch, and light.
Head symptoms get aggravated by cutting of hair or by uncovering of the head.
Most of the symptoms of Belladonna get better by resting in bed, in a warm room, light covering, and bending backward.
Relationship with Other Medicine
This remedy completes the process of cure that is started by the first medicine given.
Belladonna is complimentary to Calcarea carb., especially in semi chronic and constitutional diseases.
When there appear of new symptoms, you should study the new symptoms combined with the old one, and a second remedy covering more of these new symptoms is given. This second remedy is the antidote.
Belladonna is antidoted by Camphor, Coffea, Hyoscyamus, Vinegar.
Aconite, Cuprum, Ferrum, Mercury, Plumbum.
Followed well by-
These remedies have many similarities in action but are different in origin, which means the source from which the medication is prepared is another.
Belladonna is similar to Aconite, Bryonia, Cicuta, Gelsemium, Hyos., Opium, and Stramonium.
Belladonna Dosage & Potencies
Belladonna 30 Uses-
This potency is used when there are fewer symptoms of the patient match with the medicine and helps the doctor only to diagnose the disease condition.
This requires frequent repetition, and they should be given 2-3 times a day till the expected result is seen.
Belladonna 200 Uses-
It is a higher potency and advised to give only when all the mental and physical symptoms of patients are matched with medicine.
It should be given in those conditions in which the symptoms are acute, violent, and sudden.
It is advised not to repeat so frequently as it has long duration action. So, the second dose is repeated only when there is subside of symptoms.
You can repeat it only after 15 days interval for better results.
Belladonna 1M Uses-
This potency of Belladonna is higher and must be used with caution.
1m potency should not be repeated. It can be given after 30 days once and expecting symptoms to disappear.
Belladonna Q (Mother Tincture) Uses-
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Belladonna 3X/6X Uses-
This lower potency of Belladonna works well as a therapeutic dose. Very useful in fever, headache, and rheumatic pain. It is advised to take 2-3 times a day.
Clinical Indication of Belladonna
- Convulsion and Epilepsy
- Whooping cough
- Sore throat
- Bronchial spasm in asthma
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- A colic pain in the stomach
- Stomach ulcers
- Nocturnal enuresis
- Joint and back pain
- Rheumatic arthritis
- Involuntarily erection of the penis
- Contact dermatitis
- Boil and carbuncles
- Erythema nodosum
- Pustular eruptions
- Smooth erysipelas
Belladonna Side Effects
Homeopathic medicines are prepared by potentization where the dynamic curative power of the medication is aroused, so homeopathic medicines produce negligible side effects.
If taken in the crude form it produces side effects that include dry mouth, enlarged pupil, tachycardia, hallucinations, convulsion, and coma.
If any side effects are seen then it can be antidoted by Camphor.