Bittersweet Nightshade

What other names is Bittersweet Nightshade known by?

Amargamiel, Bitter Nightshade, Bittersweet, Blud Nightshade, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Douce-Amère, Dulcamara, Fellen, Fellonwood, Felonwort, Fever Twig, Herbe à la Fièvre, Herbe de Judas, Herbe de Judée, Kakmachi, Morelle Douce-Amère, Morelle Grimpante, Mortal, Rubabarik, Scarlet Berry, Snake Berry, Solanum dulcamara, Staff Vine, Vigne de Judée, Violet Bloom, Woody, Woody Nightshade.

What is Bittersweet Nightshade?

Bittersweet nightshade is a vine-like plant that is found throughout the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe and Asia. It is in the same family as tomatoes and potatoes. The STEM is used to make medicine. The LEAVES and BERRIES are poisonous.

People take bittersweet nightshade for skin conditions including eczema, itchy skin, acne, boils, broken skin, and warts. They also take it for joint pain (rheumatism), other types of pain, and fluid retention; and as a calming agent (sedative).

Some people apply bittersweet nightshade directly to the skin for eczema.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Acne.
  • Itchy skin.
  • Boils.
  • Broken skin.
  • Warts.
  • Joint pain (rheumatism).
  • Pain.
  • Relieving fluid retention by promoting water loss (as a diuretic).
  • Calming nervous excitement (as a sedative).
  • Eczema, when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of bittersweet 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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