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is belladonna safe to use topically?

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Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Belladonna+ arnica: Belladonna "b"and arnica each has topical pain relieving effects on the skin, for conditions deeper down like muscle spasm, pain or other tissue pains. Not dangerous but u are not to swallow it, ever! topically, there are no dangers to intact skin. If the pains are too major, this usually homeopathic strength gel may not bring all the relief you need+may need to take other pain meds.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
For appropriate complaints, HOMEOPATHIC Belladonna in potencies above 12 C is safe to take internally. Material tinctures made from the plant, or the actual plant itself, are not safe to ingest.
Aug 25, 2012

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between homeopathic belladonna and the plant belladonna?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Dilution: Belladona alkaloids, from the plant, in normal concentrations causes pupillary dilation and effects on the sympathetic nervous system. Homeopathic belladonna is a virtually infinite dilution of the intitial active belladonna so there is virtually none left in the bottle. It is in fact water with nothing in it.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Hello Dr. Bensinger -- Thank you for sharing your thoughts, which suggest that material Belladonna is the only thing of consequence in its homeopathic remedy. By analogy, you can melt down a DVD and say it contains only plastic and a little metal. What of the information (recorded lecture, movie, etc) encoded in that medium? Homeopathic remedies contain information to which living beings (people, animals, even plants) can respond -- if accurately prescribed. It is not magic, but clinically reproducible.
Jul 27, 2012
A 54-year-old female asked:

Does belladonna help with opiud withdrawl?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
No: Material quantities of belladonna may be antispasmodic, but expose you to many risks. It also will not cross-cover for, or help taper, opiates. Homeopathic belladonna is not poisonous and has many applications, but opiod withdrawal is not an indication for using it. See an addiction medicine doctor for comprehensive help for your addiction. Good luck to you.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can homeopathic belladonna be used continually? Can any docs explain?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Belladonna: Homeopathic Belladonna may be an indicated constitutional remedy for some people, and this would be used over time. For the best results you need consultation and follow-up with a professional homeopath to make sure this is an appropriate remedy for your needs. Belladonna is also called for in some acute cases, but this would be a short-term use.

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