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Botanical: Solanum carolinense (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Solanaceae

---Synonyms---Bull Nettle. Treadfoot. Sand Brier. Apple of Sodom. Poisonous Potato.
---Parts Used---Air-dried ripe berries, root.
---Habitat---United States of America. This weed is a hardy, coarse perennial, found growing in waste sandy ground as far west as Iowa and south to Florida.

---Description---Bears orange yellow berries which is the most active part of the plant, they are glabrous and fleshy, with an odour like pepper, taste, bitter and acrid.

---Constituents---Probably Solanine and Solanidine and an organic acid.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---Sedative, antispasmodic; has long been used by the Southern negroes in the treatment ofepilepsy; is a useful remedy in infantile convulsions and menstrual hysteria, has no unpleasant effects, but its usefulness is said to be limited, unless given with bromides.

---Preparations and Dosages---Fluid drachm three times a day. Berries are given in doses of 5 to 60 grains. Root, 10 grains.

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Bear in mind "A Modern Herbal" was written with the conventional wisdom of the early 1900's. This should be taken into account as some of the information may now be considered inaccurate, or not in accordance with modern medicine.

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