Botanical Name: Solanum Nigrum
Hindi Name: Makoya, Makoi
Sanskrit name: Kakamachi
Chinese Name: Long Kui
Other common names for the herb is huckleberry, hound’s berry, and wonderberry.
Black Nightshade is considered a beneficial herb that has a long history of medicinal use.
The herb is known for its ability to manage a number of health conditions including fever, pneumonia, inflammation, tumors, deep skin infections (abscesses), digestive problems, and parasitic worms.
It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
In traditional medicine, the whole plant – root, ripe berries, seeds, leaves and stem- is used in the preparation of various herbal formulations.
Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) sometimes is confused with the more toxic “deadly nightshade” (Atropa belladonna), which is in a different genus within Solanaceae. A comparison of the fruit shows that the black nightshade berries grow in bunches, whereas the deadly nightshade berries grow individually.
It is edible and nutritious. The berries contain calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A.
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