Belladonna Plant Homeopathy
One of the most important of the homeopathic remedies, Belladonna has a powerful effect on the heart, lungs and blood vessels, as well as on the brain and nervous system. Because deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) is an extremely poisonous plant, eating its sweet, cherry-like fruit can lead to severe illness and, in the worst cases, death. However, the toxic constituent of Belladonna—a chemical called atropine—plays an important role in modern pharmacology.
In fact, minute doses of atropine are incorporated into many heart medications. In homeopathic medicine, Belladonna is also dispensed in dilute, nontoxic doses. This remedy is safely prescribed by homeopaths for a broad range of purposes and is especially helpful for quick relief of fever and in treating coughs, headaches and flu. Like other homeopathic remedies, Belladonna is best given to those with particular character traits (right).
The person most likely to benefit from Belladonna is extremely hotheaded and intelligent. Typically, disease strikes unexpectedly, "like a bolt from the sky." If treated correctly, symptoms are relieved fairly quickly. Telling features are a very flushed face and shiny skin.