Bittersweet Nightshade



Bittersweet nightshade is a vine-like plant that is found throughout the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe and Asia. It is in the same family as tomatoes and potatoes. The STEM is used to make medicine. The LEAVES and BERRIES are poisonous.

People take bittersweet nightshade for skin conditions including eczema, itchy skin, acne, boils, broken skin, and warts. They also take it for joint pain (rheumatism), other types of pain, and fluid retention; and as a calming agent (sedative).

Some people apply bittersweet nightshade directly to the skin for eczema.

How it works

It is not known how bittersweet nightshade might work.


Not Proven
Itchy skin
Broken skin
Joint pain (rheumatism)
Relieving fluid retention by promoting water loss (as a diuretic)
Calming nervous excitement (as a sedative)
Eczema, when taken by mouth or applied to the skin
Other conditions



But, the LEAVES or BERRIES are UNSAFE, and are very poisonous. Symptoms of poisoning include: scratchy throat, headache, dizziness, enlarged eye pupils, trouble speaking, low body temperature, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding in the stomach or intestines, convulsions, slowed blood circulation and breathing, and even death.

The STEM of bittersweet nightshade might be safe for most adults



Children: Bittersweet nightshade isUNSAFEfor children. Some children have died from eating unripe bittersweet nightshade berries.Dosing considerations for Bittersweet Nightshade.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to take bittersweet nightshade by mouth if you are pregnant. Some chemicals in this plant have been linked to birth defects in animals. It's also UNSAFE to take bittersweet nightshade by mouth if you are breast-feeding.

Not enough is known about the safety of applying bittersweet nightshade to the skin during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Stomach or intestine condition such as an ulcer or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Avoid using bittersweet nightshade if you have one of these disorders. It can irritate the stomach and intestine, and make these conditions worse.


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The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.