|Title||Fluid Extract No.47|
|Object Name||Bottle, Medicine|
|Credit line||Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O Medical Museum|
|Year Range from||1930|
Fluid Extract No.47
Belladonna Leaf (Poison)
Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, IND, USA
Belladonna is a plant. The leaf and root are used to make medicine.
The name “belladonna” means “beautiful lady,” and was chosen because of a risky practice in Italy. The belladonna berry juice was used historically in Italy to enlarge the pupils of women, giving them a striking appearance. This was not a good idea, because belladonna can be poisonous.
Though widely regarded as unsafe, belladonna is used as a sedative, to stop bronchial spasms in asthma and whooping cough, and as a cold and hay fever remedy. It is also used for Parkinson's disease, colic, motion sickness, and as a painkiller.
Belladonna is used in ointments that are applied to the skin for joint pain (rheumatism), leg pain caused by a disc in the backbone pushing on the sciatic nerve (sciatica), and nerve pain (neuralgia). Belladonna is also used in plasters (medicine-filled gauze applied to the skin) for treating psychiatric disorders, a behavior disorder called hyperkinesis, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), and bronchial asthma.
Medical equipment & supplies
|Collection||Eli Lilly & Co. Bottles|
|Accession number||Pharma. 3|