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Belladonna, a remedy that has multiple therapeutic properties

Frequently used in homoeopathy, Belladonna is a remedy made from a vegetable stock that is very popular for its medicinal properties. Widespread in the Alpine regions, Atropa Belladonna (its scientific name) is a plant that has many virtues despite a high toxicity. As a result, once the mother tincture necessary to the remedy’s preparation is obtained, it is diluted several times to ensure that the final substance is free of any toxicity. Nevertheless, thanks to the potentisation process, the drug’s curative virtues remain intact, ensuring optimal therapeutic efficiency. Although Belladonna is often used to treat fever and acute respiratory infections, know that this remedy’s scope of action goes well beyond these indications.


Belladonna is a cure that is particularly well-suited for treating sudden fevers that are accompanied by a sensation of warmth in the face and substantial sweating. The remedy can also be used in case of fever accompanied by convulsions, hallucinations, delirium and photophobia, which is a fear of bright light usually linked to eye disorders or meningeal inflammations.

The remedy is also recommended in cases of infectious diseases such as nasopharyngitis, non-streptococcal angina, laryngitis, tracheitis or otitis. It may also be used if the patient complains of a sensation of dryness that affects the mouth, throat, nose, eyes or trachea. Belladonna also helps to prevent the formation of pus in case of abscess when the inflammation is surrounded by a reddish halo and accompanied by a feeling of warmth and throbbing pain.

Inflammatory syndromes

Regarding inflammatory syndromes, Belladonna is indicated in case of headaches, especially for throbbing vasomotor headaches that are accompanied by facial redness. It also helps to significantly relieve first degree burns, characterized by congestive redness of cutaneous tissues, as well as sunburns and sunstrokes. Finally, Belladonna is ideal for alleviating symptoms linked to radiodermatitis, which include skin lesions caused by long exposures to X-rays, radium or radioactive agents. In some cases, it may even be recommended to relieve severe hiccups when they occur.

Additional indications

Apart from infectious and inflammatory diseases, Belladonna is also used to treat hot flushes accompanied by reddening of the face, palpitations and profuse sweating. This homoeopathic remedy also helps to treat and prevent paroxysmal tachycardia accompanied by abundant perspiration and some forms of arterial hypertension. Concerning ophthalmologic diseases, Belladonna is recommended for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis, styes and photophobia.

Recommended dosage in case of infections

In general, a doctor should determine the appropriate duration of treatment, as well as the most suitable dosage. Therefore, in case of fever, laryngitis or tracheitis, it is up to the doctor to decide what the appropriate dosage is depending on the intensity of the symptoms and severity of the pathology.

Nasopharyngitis can be treated at the onset of the disease by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 9 CH every two hours until the symptoms gradually improve.

Non-streptococcal angina should be treated by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 9 CH every hour, while otitis can be relieved by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 9 CH every half hour until medical consultation. Finally, in case of abscess, it is possible to prevent the formation of pus by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every two hours.

Recommended dosage in case of inflammatory syndromes

From the onset of the first symptoms, throbbing vasomotor headaches can be relieved by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every hour, until the throbbing pain gradually disappears.

In case of first degree burns, erythema can be treated by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every ten minutes, until the burning sensation becomes a little more bearable.

To relieve solar erythema, take 5 granules of Belladonna 9 CH every two hours. On the other hand, to relieve the symptoms linked to sunstrokes, five granules of Belladonna 15 CH should be taken every hour until the level of pain is finally reduced.

Finally, regarding radiodermatitis, it is possible to limit the discomfort and itching caused by skin lesions by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 9 CH three times a day, until the symptoms completely disappear.

Other dosages

Hot flushes accompanied by palpitations and profuse sweating can be significantly reduced by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH at the onset of the first symptoms.

In the case of paroxysmal tachycardia, it is advisable to take 5 granules of Belladonna 7 CH at the moment of the attack while respecting the same dosage to prevent any recurrence of the pathology. Nevertheless, it is far preferable to stick to a prescription established by a professional, especially in case of tachycardia and hypertension.

Regarding ophthalmologic diseases, it is once again up to the practitioner to determine the frequency of intakes as well as the most suitable dilution for dealing with allergic conjunctivitis. In case of styes, the treatment consists of taking 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every two hours over a two-day period in order to prevent the formation of pus. Finally, while waiting for a medical consultation, relieve the symptoms linked to photophobia by taking 5 granules of Belladonna 5 CH every hour.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “belladonna”

Associated diseases

  • Abscess
  • Angina pectoris
  • Hot flushes
  • Burns
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Headache
  • Solar Erythema
  • Fever
  • Hiccups
  • Hypertension
  • Insolation
  • Laryngitis
  • Sties
  • Otitis media
  • Photophobia
  • Radiodermatitis
  • Rhinopharyngite
  • Paroxysmal tachycardia
  • Tracheitis

Good to know Due to its many curative properties and its great therapeutic effectiveness, Belladonna is a homoeopathic remedy that it is always good to keep around in a first aid kit. This medication is in fact ideal to relieve symptoms linked to infectious fevers, especially those that affect young children.  

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.