Belladona Root (Radix Belladonas) Μπελαντόνα ρίζα
The Belladona is a native of North Africa, Europe, Western Asia and parts of the USA and Canada. Also known as the Devil’s cherries, the Belladona is a potent poison that acts quickly on the involuntary muscles, resulting in paralysis of the central nervous system followed by powerful hallucinations and delirium and death.
The use of the Belladona Root is recorded throughout history as a poison, medicine, and cosmetic. In ancient times, arrows were dipped in the juice of the root as the poison acts quickly and effectively.
In medicine, it was used in ancient times as an anaesthetic before surgery. As an herbal medicine it is used to treat motion sickness, histamic reaction, peptic ulcer, muscle relaxer, pain reliever and for menstrual dysfunction.
The Belladona Root contains “atropine” which is able to dilate the pupil. Since it is very poisonous when taken internally, the amount added to the eye is minuscule, i.e. about 1/200 or 1/100 grain. Women used atropine as a cosmetic because it instantly dilates the pupil making a woman look more attractive sexually.
It has immensely beneficial effects for sciatica, rheumatism and gout. It is also used to treat spasmodic asthma and intestinal colic. It improves blood circulation, regulates heart beat and is administered in cased of collapsed pneumonia. The Belladona Root is also effective in relieving congestion and local inflammation.