Belladonna Leaf Folium Belladonnae Solanaceae
Belladonna, commonly known as deadly nightshade, has been used medicinally for centuries. Although it is not generally found in herbal dietary supplements because of its potential for toxicity, it was historically highly regarded as among the most effective of herbal gastrointestinal antispasmodics (Weiss 1988). The crude botanical consists of the flowering ends of the twigs. Therefore pieces of stem and the highly characteristic seeds are present in most commercial lots. The seeds but not the stems are conspicuous in powdered material.
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