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Know Your Remedies: Belladonna (Bell.)

Know Your Remedies: Belladonna (Bell.) 1Common Name: Deadly nightshade.

General Information

Know Your Remedies: Belladonna (Bell.) 2

Belladonna is a highly toxic plant which is rendered safe when placed in homeopathic potencies above 7C.

It treats intense symptoms with a rapid onset, inflammation with heat, redness, congestion, and throbbing pain.

The person’s temperature will be high, their eyes glassy in appearance, or pupils dilated. They will be oversensitive to light, noise, and being bumped or jarred.

The fever may produce hallucinations, and the throat and mouth will be dry. Hands and feet will be cold but the rest of the body hot to touch.

Affected parts, such as areas of inflammation and the head during headaches, feel better when elevated.

Complaints are usually worse on the right side of the body.

Colds, Coughs and Sore Throats

  • Throat red, raw, sore, and swollen – worse on the right side.
  • Dry mucous membranes.
  • Bright red tongue.
  • Dry cough from tickling and burning in larynx.

Headaches and Sinusitis

  • Violent, throbbing, bursting pain, worsened by stooping and better for sitting propped up.
  • Triggered by cold air (haircut), getting head wet, or too much sun.
  • Worst from light, motion and pressure (such as wearing a hat).
  • Dizziness on rising, tending to fall to the left.

Ear Symptoms

  • Ear infections, usually right-sided, with severe pain, and worse at night.
  • Throbbing pain, worse when lying and better when sitting propped up.


  • Deep painful boils – fiery red.


  • Hot head and flushed face but icy-cold hands and feet.
  • Glaring or glassy eyes with dilated pupils.
  • May hallucinate – see ghosts or hideous faces – and hit or bite.
  • Usually thirstless but may want lemon juice or lemonade.
  • Sweat on covered parts only.


  • Rapid onset with restlessness.
  • High-temperature.
  • Flushed face and dilate pupils.
  • Dizziness with nausea and vomiting.

For Pets

  • Animals with episodes of sudden aggression who bite or attack
  • Painful inflammations with lots of heat, redness, and swelling.

Where do I find it?

Belladonna (Bell) is available from our online store as a single remedy and is also included in the following Complexes (combination remedies): Cramps – Muscles; Sinus Pain; Sore Throat; Headache – Migraine.


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment, also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions

For acute and self-limiting complaints, take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 15 minutes to 4 hours (15 minutes for intense symptoms, 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance. Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment to manage the changes in potencies and remedies that will be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use

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