Jimson weed is a medicinal plant present on the 5 continents of the globe. It belongs to the Solanaceae family. Its scientific name is Datura stramonium. It also responds to other vernacular names such as the thorny apple, the datura officinal, the poison apple, the devil’s herb or even the trumpet of death. Note that these nicknames emphasize the toxicity of this plant. However, since Antiquity, it has also been used in the treatment of several diseases. In terms of composition, it is mainly rich in tropane alkaloids such as hyoscyamine and scopolamine.
In which cases to use it?
Jimson weed occupies an important place in the world of alternative medicine, particularly in homeopathy. For several centuries, its many virtues have been exploited to overcome various ailments. Its main properties are antispasmodic, sedative and parasympatholytic. In other words, it has the ability to inhibit the activity of the parasympathetic system. Thus, it allows treat various nerve pathologies with or without spasms. Among these pathologies, we distinguish violent contractions, fevers with attacks of hallucination, cases of extreme agitation, phobias and insomnia. In cases of hallucination or delirium, this plant has the power to bring the patient back to reality. In the past, it was even used to cure madness and the attacks associated with it.
Its other indications are:
- Nervous tics
- Respiratory disorders: asthma, tuberculosis, cough and bronchitis
- Rheumatism and inflammatory edema
In what forms to find it?
In homeopathy, Jimson weed is used in the form of homeopathic granules and drinkable solutions.
How to dose it?
In traditional medicine, theuse of jimson weed is different according to the tradition and civilization of the peoples. In West Africa, for example, crushed leaves are applied as a poultice to soothe rheumatic pains. To treat eczema, the natives of India use a preparation made from the juice of the leaves. In Madagascar, this plant is the source of many pharmaceutical preparations used to treat pulmonary pathologies. As for the Ethiopians, they produce a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. This oil is mainly used to massage painful areas.
For granules and homeopathic solutions, you must refer to medical advice.
What are the precautions for use?
The Jimson weed is rich in toxic alkaloids. Its ingestion is dangerous for the body. Indeed, to date, there are many cases of poisoning related to the consumption of Jimson weed. The effects of its indigestion are disturbance of heart rhythm, muscle paralysis, visual and auditory disturbances. In some cases, it causes death.
In case of poisoning, it is essential to contact a hospital or a health center. A gastric lavage will be carried out to eliminate toxic substances. Rehydration and a sedative injection are also required.
In all cases, to avoid possible undesirable effects, each treatment must be subject to a medical prescription.