An herbaceous European plant (Atropa belladonna) with reddish bell-shaped flowers and shining black berries. The whole plant and its fruit are very poisonous, and the root and leaves are used as powerful medicinal agents. Its properties are largely due to the alkaloid atropine which it contains. Called also deadly nightshade.
Colds, influenza, sore throats, toothaches, earaches, boils and similar inflammations, fevers, and also chickenpox, measles, and mumps. Belladonna is made from the well known deadly nightshade, a tall plant with large glossy, black, poisonous berries. It is a major short-term or acute remedy for all kinds of fevers and feverish illnesses, especially in the first stages.