The plant Solanum nigrum.—U. S.
Preparation.—A tincture is prepared from the fresh plant when flowering.
Dose.—The dose will vary from the fraction of a drop to five drops.
Specific Indications.—The room seems to be turning round, and when the patient shuts his eves, the bed seems as if turning, and he will fall out; dizziness; mind wanders, and patient fears that he will lose it. Skin is flushed red, and the patient sinks into a stupor, with stertorous breathing.
Therapeutic Action.—The Solanum is but little used in medicine, though it is a powerful agent, and should be made to serve a good purpose. The indications given will point the way to a better study, when I hope we may be able to define its uses better. There are some chronic diseases of the brain which show the symptoms named, and some acute diseases that give us the peculiar red, hot (and moist) skin, with stupor, that would cause us to select this remedy. It will be noticed that its action is somewhat like Belladonna.
The American Eclectic Materia Medica and Therapeutics, 1898, was written by John M. Scudder, M.D.