Belladonna, also called Atropa Belladonna, is a commonly used herb for the management of several diseases such as arrhythmias, asthma, and joint problems. This plant contains elements called tropane alkaloids including atropine, scopolamine, and hyoscyamine. These compounds may produce a toxic effect resulting in delirium and hallucinations. However, in spite of its toxicity, this herb offers several health benefits. The chemicals derived from belladonna can also be used as pharmaceutical anticholinergics in the management of several diseases.

Atropa Belladonna, is a natural herbal remedy used for the treatment of cardiac diseases such as arrhythmias, angina, palpitations, and myocardial infarction. It can also be used to treat asthma, and joint disease. It is also used to treat headache and migraine that usually occur due to the excessive congestion in the head.

HOW IT WORKS

Atropa Belladonna contains bioactive compounds called tropane alkaloids such as hyoscyamin, atropine, and scopolamine. These alkaloids help to improve the cardiac health when used in the appropriate doses. It can reduce congestion in the organs such as the brain and heart and provide relief from headache and several other disorders.

THINGS TO KNOW

Atropa Belladonna has a high therapeutic value. It can reduce the risk of heart diseases significantly. It works on the physical as well as mental level and brings about holistic improvement in the heath of a person. It produces a great calming effect on the mind thus relieving anxiety that is commonly associated with a heart attack.

INDICATIONS & USES

  • Arrhythmias
  • Stomach disorders
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Boosts immunity
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Insomnia

RECOMMENDED DOSAGE

The usual recommended dose of Atropa Belladonna is 3 to 4 pills to be taken 3 times a day.

 

BENEFITS & EFFECTIVENESS

Atropa Belladonna can be used in the treatment of heart diseases, especially irregular heartbeat. It can also help to reduce the risk of heart attacks. It is also used in the treatment of painful diseases affecting the bones, joints, and muscles. The use of this remedy can help to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine and asthma. It can improve the functions of the respiratory track and relieve cough and breathlessness.

Cardiac disorders

Atropa Belladonna is commonly recommended for the patients who are at a higher risk of developing cardiac diseases. It can be used to treat arrhythmias.

The leaves of belladonna contain a substance called Atropine that can regularize the functions of the heart. It can be used in the management of irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias. It is also used for treating heart block. Heart block is a condition characterized by an abnormality related to the cardiac electrical system and an irregular heart rate and rhythm.

Belladonna can help to regularize the heartbeats and heart rhythm and provide relief from the symptoms of these conditions such as palpitations, dizziness, and fainting.

It can also help to prevent fatigue, and breathlessness that usually occur due to the third-degree heart block. It can improve the ability of the heart to pump blood to other organs of the body. This action can help to reduce the risk of mortality linked to this disease.

Atropa Belladonna is also recommended for the patients suffering from other forms of arrhythmias such as severe bradycardia. It can be used to prevent the effect on the heart rate in the patients digitalized for the management of atrial fibrillation.

The use of Belladonna may help in the treatment of heart block and bradycardia occurring after myocardial infarction. (1)

Arrhythmias

Atropine obtained from the leaf and berries of Belladonna can be used in the management of arrhythmias. It is primarily used for treating heart block. Heart block is a condition that occurs due to the abnormality related to the cardiac electrical system. It causes irregularity of the heart rate and rhythm.

The three types of this condition include the first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree heart block. The symptoms and severity of this disorder depend on the type of the heart black.

Belladonna can help to regularize the heartbeats and heart rhythm. It can also provide relief from the symptoms of heart block such as palpitations, dizziness, and fainting.

It can help to prevent severe fatigue and breathlessness that may occur due to the third-degree heart block. It also improves the heart’s ability to pump the blood to other organs of the body. It can reduce the risk of mortality linked to this disease.

The beneficial effect of Atropa Belladonna in the management of heart black has been proved during research. The atropine present in this herb has the ability to block the effects of vagal stimulation on the heart. This can help to reverse the heart block.

Atropa Belladonna may also be used to treat the other forms of arrhythmias such as severe bradycardia. It can be used to prevent the effect on the heart rate in the patients digitalized for the management of atrial fibrillation.

The use of Belladonna may help in the treatment of heart block and bradycardia occurring after myocardial infarction.

Stomach disorders

The use of Belladonna can be beneficial for the patients suffering from gastric ailments. The gastroprotective effect produced by the low doses of Atropa belladonna and some other herbs such as Gelsemium sempervirens L. and Poumon histamine was studied during research.

The study was aimed at investigating the effects of these herbs on the stress-induced gastric problems. The severity of the gastric erosion was studied by following the microscopic technique in the mice that were subjected to experimental stress.

The results demonstrated that low doses of Atropa Belladonna could produce significant protective effects on the gastric tissues. This study points to the effectiveness of Belladonna in the management of stomach disorders.

Boosts immunity

The use of Belladonna can help to improve the functions of the immune system. The immunological effect of low doses of Atropa Belladonna was evaluated during a study. The results of this research indicated that the administration of this herb to the stressed mice induced significant immunological alterations.

The improvement in the immunological response was assessed based on the evaluation of the white blood cells including the lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, and basophils. The study demonstrated the significant immune-protective effect in the mice.

The immune-protective effect was believed to have been induced through the neurotropic effect produced by Belladonna.

Asthma

Atropa Belladonna can be useful in the management of asthma. It dilates the respiratory passages and improves the flow of air through them thus easing the breathing process. It also helps to reduce wheezing and chest congestion.

Cough

Atropa Belladonna can be used to treat a cough caused due to laryngeal irritation. It may also be used for the treatment of a spasmodic cough. It decreases the production of mucus in the lungs and bronchi and reduces chest congestion and throat irritation. It also shortens the duration of respiratory disorders like bronchitis.

Persistent hiccups

Continuous irritation of the Vagus nerve is a common cause of persistent hiccups. Though hiccups seem to be a mild disorder, it can cause severe discomfort. It also causes pain in the chest and abdomen due to the constant twitching of the diaphragm and the muscles in these regions.

Atropa belladonna can help to reduce the bouts of hiccups by producing a soothing effect on the diaphragm. It also reduces the irritation of the nerve. It relaxes the muscles and prevents continuous twitching thereby relieving hiccups.

Pain disorders

Atropa Belladonna produces anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions, which help in the management of pain disorders. It acts on the nerves and reduces their sensitivity to pain. It also prevents irritation of the nerves.

Belladonna can be used to treat joint pains caused due to rheumatism, backache, and gout. It can also provide relief from the pain in the legs caused due to sciatica.

Muscle pain

Belladonna is an effective remedy for the management of fibromyalgia. It possesses muscle relaxant property. It helps to reduce the spasm of the muscles and relieves pain and muscular stiffness. It can also be used to obtain relief from muscle cramps.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Regular use of Belladonna can be beneficial for the patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. It helps to relieve the symptoms of this condition such as indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and abdominal discomfort.

The anti-inflammatory property of this herb protects the digestive tract from the potential damage. The sedative, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties of Belladonna help to provide relief from the abdominal pain and anxieties arising due to the frequent episodes of digestive troubles.

Headache

Belladonna can be used to relieve headaches. It reduces throbbing pain by producing a soothing and analgesic effect.

Anxiety disorders

The sedative nature of Atropa Belladonna can be useful in the management of anxiety disorders. It calms the nerves and reduces anxiety and stress. It also improves the mood and alleviates the feelings of fear and restlessness.

Insomnia

Belladonna can be used to treat insomnia. The sedative action produced by this herb helps to induce sleep. It also improves the quality of sleep.

SAFETY & TOXICOLOGY

There are no known side effects of Atropa belladonna. Patients can use it based on the indications without worrying about serious side effects.