Black nightshade

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Uses

What is black nightshade used for?

Black nightshade is a plant. Originally, black nightshade was called “petit (small) morel” to distinguish it from the more poisonous species, deadly nightshade, that is known as “great morel.” People use the whole black nightshade plant including leaves, fruit, and root to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, black nightshade has been used for stomach irritation, cramps, spasms, pain, and nervousness.

Some people apply black nightshade directly to the skin for a skin condition called psoriasis, hemorrhoids, and deep skin infections (abscesses). The bruised, fresh leaves are put on the skin to treat swelling (inflammation), burns, and ulcers.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how black nightshade works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using black nightshade?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of black nightshade or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herb are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herb must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is black nightshade?

Black nightshade is unsafe to take by mouth. It contains a toxic chemical called solanin. At lower doses, it can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, and other side effects. At higher doses, it can cause severe poisoning. Signs of poisoning include irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, dizziness, drowsiness, twitching of the arms and legs, cramps, diarrhea, paralysis, coma, and death.

There isn’t enough information to know whether it is safe to apply black nightshade directly to the skin.

Special precautions & warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s unsafe to take black nightshade if you are pregnant. It might cause birth defects.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from black nightshade?

If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

Interactions

What interactions may I have with black nightshade?

Black nightshade may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for black nightshade?

The dose for black nightshade may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbs are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does black nightshade come in?

Black nightshade may be available in the following forms:

  • Raw black nightshade

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: December 12, 2017 | Last Modified: December 13, 2017

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