Woody Nightshade stem (Dulcamarae stipites)

Published June 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

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Name of Drug

Dulcamarae stipites, woody nightshade.

Composition of Drug

Woody nightshade consists of the dried, 2- to 3-year-old stems of Solanum dulcamara L. [Fam. Solanaceae], harvested in spring prior to leafing or late autumn after leaves have dropped, as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains tannins, steroid alkaloids and steroid saponins.

Uses

As supportive therapy for chronic eczema.

Contraindications

None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Internal:
Daily dosage:

1 - 3 g of drug; equivalent preparations. External:

Infusions or decoctions equivalent to 1 - 2 g of drug per 250 ml (1 cup) of water. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb for teas and other galenical preparations for internal use, and for compresses and rinses.

Actions

Astringent
Antimicrobial
Irritative to mucous membranes
Steroid alkaloid: Anticholinergic
Solasodin: Antiphlogistic.