What are the medicinal uses of Dulcamara?
Dulcamara, formally named as Solanum Dulcamara,
This woody nightshade plant was first used as a remedy for a fever in the 18th century by Swedish botanists. Since then, it has become an alternative medicine for various allergies, viral infections and respiratory illnesses. Its fresh leaves and stems are best crushed and boiled in water, or soaked in alcohol. Practitioners of homeopathy, however, give specific instructions and precautions regarding dulcamara as a remedy since over dosage could result to a fatal disposition.
Skin complaints, such as condensed, itchy skin on scalps often resulting in blood loss when scratched, can have diluted dulcamaras directly be applied to the affected area. Just immerse finely chopped dulcamara leaves in water and discard the leaves afterwards leaving the water. Patients could use this solution to wash the skin. Same medication could be also given to sufferers of eczema and warts.
People who are susceptible to dampness and coldness, hay fever, asthma, and pneumonia could find ingested amounts of dulcamara as an efficient cure. In homeopathy, dulcamara is recommended for an aching throat, joint pain, headache and diarrhea.