by H. C. Allen

Belladonna is adapted to bilious, lymphatic, plethoric constitutions; persons who are lively and entertaining when well, but violent and often delirious when sick.

Women and children with light hair and blue eyes, find complexion, delicate skin; sensitive, nervous, threatened with convulsions; tuberculous patients.

Belladonna patient has a great liability to take cold; sensitive to drafts of air, especially when uncovering the head; from having the hair cut; tonsils become inflamed after riding in a cold wind ( Aconite, Hepar, Rhus – takes cold from exposure of feet, Conium, Cuprum, Silicea ).

Quick sensation and motion; eyes snap and move quickly; pains come suddenly, last indefinitely and cease suddenly ( Magnesium phos. ).

Belladonna Pains come usually in short attacks; cause redness of face and eyes; fulness of head and throbbing of carotids.

Imagines he sees ghosts, hideous faces, and various insects ( Stramonium ); black animals, dogs, wolves.

Fear of imaginary things, wants to run away from them; hallucinations.

Violent delirium; disposition to bite, spit, strike and tear things; breaks into fits of laughter and gnashes the teeth; wants to bite and strike the attendants ( Stramonium ); tries to escape ( Helleborus ).

Head hot and painful; face flushed; eyes wild, staring, pupils dilated; pulse full and bounding, globular, like buckshot striking the finger; mucous membrane of mouth dry; stool tardy and urine suppressed; sleepy; but cannot sleep ( Chamomilla, Opium ).

Convulsions during teething, with fever (without fever, Magnesium phos. ); come on suddenly, head hot, feet cold.

Rush of blood to head and face ( Amyl., Gloninum, Melilotus ).

Belladonna Headache, congestive, with red face, throbbing of brain and carotids ( Melilotus ); < from slight noise, jar, motion, light, lying down, least exertion; > pressure, tight bandaging, wrapping up, during menses.

Boring the head into the pillow ( Apis, Helleborus, Podophyllum ).

Vertigo when stooping, or when rising after stooping ( Bryonia ); on every change of position.

Abdomen tender, distended < by least jar, even of the bed; obliged to walk with great care for fear of a jar.

Pain in right ileo-coecal region, < by slightest touch, even of the bed-cover.

The transverse colon protrudes like a pad.

Belladonna Skin: of a uniform, smooth, shining scarlet redness; dry, hot, burning; imparts a burning sensation to examining had; the true Sydenham scarlet fever, where eruption is perfectly smooth and truly scarlet.

Pressing downwards as if the contents of abdomen would issue from the vulva; > standing and sitting erect; worse mornings ( Lilium, Murex, Sepia ).

Relations. – Complementary: Calcarea.

Belladonna is the acute of Calcarea carb, which is often required to complete a cure.

Similar: to, Aconite, Bryonia, Cicuta, Gelsemium, Gloninum, Hyoscyamus, Melilotus, Opium, Stramonium

Aggravation. – From touch, motion, noise, draught of air, looking at bright, shining objects ( Lyssinum, Stramonium ); after 3 p. m.; night, after midnight; while drinking; uncovering the head; summer sun; lying down.

Amelioration. – Rest; standing or sitting erect; warm room.