Jimsonweed Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) grows in fields, roadside ditches, and refuse sites. Herbalists use the leaves, flowering tops, roots, and sometimes the seeds. However, all plant parts are toxic, especially the seeds. Most countries restrict the herb. In the United States, it's considered illegal except when prescribed.
Jimsonweed is one to five feet high, and has egg-shaped, pointed, coarsely toothed leaves that are two to eight inches long. Its white, violet or lavender funnel-shaped flowers are about two and a half to four inches long. Its fruit is a spiny pod, about two inches long, which is why it is commonly called thornapple
All parts of Jimsonweed are poisonous. Leaves and seeds are the usual source of poisoning, but are rarely eaten do to its strong odor and unpleasant taste. Poisoning can occur when hungry animals are on sparse pasture with Jimsonweed infestation. Most animal poisoning results from feed contamination. Jimsonweed can be harvested with hay or silage, and subsequently poisoning occurs upon feeding the forage. Seeds can contaminate grains and is the most common poisoning which occurs in chickens.
Common doses of Jimsonweed
Jimsonweed comes in an oral form and as a suppository. Some people smoke it in cigarettes, burn it in powders, or inhale its fumes.
Uses of Jimsonweed herb
Jimsonweed has been considered a healing herb for centuries. One early commentator recommends its juice for curing burns from "fire, water, boiling lead, gunpowder, [and] that which comes by lightning." It contains atropine, a potent chemical that combats spasms and generally diminishes muscular activity in the digestive system, lungs, and other internal organs. Specifically, Jimsonweed may help to :-
Side effects of Jimsonweed
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of jimsonweed:
Eating this herb can cause coma, seizures, respiratory failure, heart and blood vessel collapse, and death. Eating 50 to 100 seeds can cause severe intoxication or death.
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use jimsonweed while taking:
Important paints to remember
What the research shows
Studies show jimsonweed is less effective than conventional treatments for asthma, whooping cough, and muscle spasms. Until this herb is studied on people and researchers explore the many poisoning reports, medical experts discourage its use. Also, keep in mind that nonprescription use of jimsonweed is illegal.
Other names for Jimsonweed
Other names for jimsonweed include angel's trumpet, angel tulip, apple-of-Peru, devil weed, devil's-apple, devil's trumpet, Estramonio, green dragon, gypsyweed, inferno, Jamestown weed, loco seeds, locoweed, mad apple, moon weed, stramoine, stechapfel, stinkweed, thorn apple, tolguacha, trumpet lily, and zombie's cucumber.
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