Plants
Medicine From Poison
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Deadly nightshade is a poisonous plant from which several drugs are extracted. It is found all over Europe and western Asia. A stout bush that stands about 1.5 metres tall, deadly nightshade has dull green leaves and large bell-shaped flowers. The flowers are bluish purple or red in colour. The plant also bears glossy black berries which are so poisonous that people have died from eating them.
Ophthalmologists use the drug atropine, which is extracted from the plant, to dilate the pupils of the eyes during an eye examination.
The scientific name for the plant is atropa belladonna. The extract of the plant was once used by women to dilate their pupils, in the mistaken belief that it made them look more beautiful! Belladonna means pretty lady in Italian.

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sameer bakshi
Amazing invention by mother nature that I tend to believe in the fact that a poison can also be used for medical needs.
Zafar Sultan
I am a research Scholar in Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. Can you guide me from where can I get the leaves of Atropa belladoda?
jaya
I am a student from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Health sciences. I would like to know in Bangalore where do we get this Atropa belladoda
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