- What other names is Bittersweet Nightshade known by?
- What is Bittersweet Nightshade?
- How does Bittersweet Nightshade work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Bittersweet Nightshade.
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...
- Itchy skin.
- Broken skin.
- Joint pain (rheumatism).
- 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.
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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headache, dizziness, enlarged eye pupils, trouble speaking, low body temperature, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding in the stomach or intestines, convulsions, slowed blood circulation and breathing, and even death.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Children: Bittersweet nightshade is UNSAFE for children. Some children have died from eating unripe bittersweet nightshade berries.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to take bittersweet nightshade by mouth if you are pregnant. Some chemicals in this plant have been linked to birth defects in animals. It's also UNSAFE to take bittersweet nightshade by mouth if you are breast-feeding.
Not enough is known about the safety of applying bittersweet nightshade to the skin during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Stomach or intestine condition such as an ulcer or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Avoid using bittersweet nightshade if you have one of these disorders. It can irritate the stomach and intestine, and make these conditions worse.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011