Bittersweet

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• Traditionally used to help support asthma, respiratory ailments, whooping cough, skin eruptions, skin problems and more.
Also known as Woody Nightshade and Felonwood, this plant has often been classified as a poison. It does not however seem to have the noxious properties which distinguish the dangerous family of solanaceae to which it belongs; the young shoots are part of the normal diet of the inhabitants of several European countries. However, in irritable subjects, a small quantity of Bittersweet has produced dryness, heat in the throat, nausea and vomiting. In some cases, after a strong dose trembling, agitation, headache, stupor and other nervous symptoms have been observed. The health properties of Bittersweet have at one time been a subject of dispute, some regarding this plant as a kind of panacea, others rejecting it as inert. It does not deserve either extreme of opinion.

One doctor stated, "The difference of opinion on the properties of this substance is probably due to the fact that in general when it is administered not enough notice is taken of the effect of climate in which this substance has developed, its state of preservation and often even the doses, all being absolutely essential however for determining the manifestation of its properties."

Bittersweet can be used to help support joint pain, cutaneous affections; it seems to have fairly good results by causing abundant sweating and helping to stimulate renal secretion, but alone it would not be enough to help support these ailments. The most common preparations of Bittersweet are as follows: the infusion, the decoction, syrup and aqueous extracts. An alkaline substance has been discovered in the stems of this plant which has all its properties and to which the name dulcamarine has been given.

The genus Solanum - to which the older herbalists formerly assigned Atropa Belladonna, and to which the Potato and Aubergine belong, is represented in this country by two species: Solanum nigrum (Black or Garden Nightshade) and S. dulcamara (Bittersweet or Woody Nightshade). The leaves bear a certain resemblance to those of Belladonna, and the flowers of both Bittersweet and Belladonna are purple, though totally distinct in shape, and both have berries, red in the case of Bittersweet, not black as in the Belladonna. Bittersweet is common throughout Europe and America. It abounds in almost every hedgerow in England, where it is rendered conspicuous in the summer by its bright purple flowers, and in autumn by its brilliant red berries. Belladonna for which it is often mistaken is rare.

In the days of belief in witchcraft, shepherds used to hang it as a charm round the necks of those of their beasts whom they suspected to be under the evil eye.

The older physicians valued Bittersweet highly and applied it to many purposes in health and surgery, for which it is no longer used. It was in great repute as far back as the time of Theophrastus, and we know of it being in use in this country in the thirteenth century.

Boerhaave, the celebrated Dutch physician, considered the young shoots superior to Sarsaparilla as a restorative, and Linnaeus, who at first had an aversion to the plant, later spoke of it in the highest terms as a supportive for joint pain, fever and inflammatory problems of all kinds. There are few complaints for which it has not been at some time recommended.

It is chiefly used as an alterative in skin problems, being a popular supportive for obstinate skin eruptions, scrofula and irritations. It has also been recommended in chronic bronchial catarrh, asthma and whooping cough.

Bittersweet
Solanum dulcamara L.

Family: Solanaceae.

Other Names: Woody nightshade; douce-amère (French); Bittersüßer Nachtschatten (German); dulcamara (Italian).

Description: A deciduous woody climber (up to 5 m), bearing simple or lobed leaves, dark purple flowers and attractive berries that are bright red when mature.

Origin: Europe and Asia (naturalised in North America). The plant is cultivated to some extent but commercial product is wild-harvested in early spring or late autumn, when the stems are leafless.

Parts Used: Dried two- or three-year-old stems (Dulcaniarae stipites / Dulcamarae stipes).

Therapeutic Category: Support skin irritations, antiprutitic.

Uses and Properties: Bittersweet is taken orally in support for chronic skin irritations and pruritic skin complaints. Traditional uses include the support for catarrh of the upper respiratory tract, coughs, asthma and rheumatic complaints. It is applied externally for itchy and irritated skin, and joint pain.

Preparation and Dosage: For internal use, a tea is prepared from up to 1 g of dry herb in a cup of water, taken three times per day (daily dose of up to 3 g). For external application, an infusion or decoction of 1 - 2 g in a cup of water is recommended.

Active Ingredients: The main active compounds are steroidal alkaloids and steroidal saponins. Depending on the source, the main alkaloids are glycosides of soladulcidine, tomatidenol or solasodine. The saponins are yamoginosides A and B (these are bidesmosides of a furostanol, protoyamogenin) or soladulcosides (monodesmosides of spirostan-26-one). Tannins are also present, and probably contribute to the positive health activity.

Health Effects: The herb is known to possess anticholinergic and antiphlogistic effects. It is also astringent, disinfectant. The saponins can produce the observed secretolytic and effects. A clinical trial has shown definite symptomatic support in cases of itchy skin and pruritis.

Notes: Other Solanum species used traditionally include the ordinary potato, S. tuberosum (fresh juice is taken for stomach irritations), eggplant or, aubergine, S. melongena (externally used to support skin complaints), kantakari, S. xanthacarpum (seeds are used as, expectorant) and intuma, S. aculeastrum and other species (green fruits can be used as a local anaesthetic to help support toothache).

Status: Traditional health; Comm. E+; clinical trials+.
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