July 28, 2016

Black Nightshade

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What other names is Black Nightshade known by?

Crève-Chien, Garden Nightshade, Herbe à Gale, Herbe aux Magiciens, Herbe Maure, Houndsberry, Kakamachi, Kakmachi, Long Kui, Makoi, Morelle Noire, Myrtille de Jardin, Petty Morel, Poisonberry, Raisin de Loup, Solanum nigrum, Tomate du Diable, Tue-Chien, Yerba Mora.

What is Black Nightshade?

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." You may hear black nightshade mistakenly referred to as "petty" morel, instead of the correct term, "petit" moral. 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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Stomach irritation.
  • Cramps.
  • Spasms.
  • Pain.
  • Nervousness.
  • Hemorrhoids, when applied to the skin.
  • Skin inflammation, when applied to the skin.
  • Burns, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of black nightshade for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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