Latin name: Solanum nigrum Linn. (Solanaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Kakamachi, Kakahva, Makoi
In early Ayurvedic texts, Black Nightshade has been mentioned as an important ingredient in herbal heart medications. It was also used by the Greeks as a topical treatment for inflammation.The plant is effective in the treatment of liver cirrhosis. Black Nightshade is also credited with emollient, diuretic, antiseptic and laxative properties.
Therapeutic constituents:The berries contain steroidal alkaloid glycosides, solasonine, alpha and beta-solanigrine, and alpha- and beta-solamargine. It also contains the steroidal sapogenins diosgenin and tigogenin and solasodine and solasodine. All of these properties combine to render the herb its therapeutic properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The extract of Black Nightshade is effective in treating liver cirrhosis.
- The herb is helpful in alleviating stomach ailments and is a diuretic.