Stramonium

Summary

Estramonium: medicinal plant with parasympatholytic effect. However, this plant is almost never prescribed.

names

Portuguese name: Weed of witches, prickly apple, zabumba
Binomial name: Datura stramonium (L.)
French name: Stramoine , pomme épineuse, herbe aux sorciers
English name: datura, devil’s apple
German name: Stechapfel
Italian name: mezzetoni,  stramoni

Family

Solanaceae (Solanaceae)

Constituents

Alkaloids (scopolamine, hyoscyamine), flavonoids.

parts used

Dry leaf

effects of weed

Parasympatholytic, spasmolytic, anticholinergic.

indications of weed

Eventually, in case of anticholinergic treatment, but this plant is currently very little used.

Heads up! Do not self-medicate. Estramonium-based medicines should always be prescribed by a doctor.

Secundary effects

Various side effects. When purchasing a medication, read the leaflet and ask a specialist for guidance.

contraindications

Numerous contraindications. When purchasing a medication, read the leaflet and ask a specialist for guidance.

Interactions

When purchasing a medication, read the leaflet and ask a specialist for guidance.

Estramonium-based preparations

– Extrato seco de estramônio (Standardized Stramonium dust)

Heads up! Never make infusions of datura, as this can be very toxic (poisonous) and even deadly!

Where does the weed grow?

Datura grows in Europe.

When is the weed harvested?

Comments

Estramonium is a medicinal plant widely studied in pharmacy schools, as it belongs to the important Solanaceae family. However, it is currently rarely used.

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