The plant is also known as Atropa Belladonna and is from the solanaceae family.
So, if one follows Samuel Hahnemman's words, "Like cures Like," what would this remedy help? You're right, dilated pupils, or glassy eyes! Some of the other common ailments that Belladonna may help are a fever that comes on suddenly, ear infection, headache, teething problem, sore throat, or sunstroke. The main characteristic symptoms are that any of the above illnesses come on suddenly and are violent in nature, lots of heat, throbbing and redness, dryness, desire for lemons or lemonade and/or delirium. Sometimes if the onset of the illness is at around 3 pm, that would be a reason to try Belladonna. And if it is a child and they come down with a fever and start striking or biting or kicking, this may be the remedy for them.
Aconitum napellus is a second remedy for a sudden fever, that occurs from exposure to cold, dry air. The child or adult has great thirst and is restless, anxious and fearful, rather than irritable with delirium. Aconitum napellus is also referred to as monkshood or wolf's bane, and comes from the Ranunculaceae family.
The third main fever remedy is Ferrum phosphoricum, which is for a fever that doesn't happen suddenly, and is worse at night (4-6 am). There are no other distinguishing characteristics, although the cheeks may be flushed and the person may feel worse moving around or from noise. Ferrum phosphoricum is also known as Ferrosoferric phosphate, a mixture of hydrated ferrous phosphate and ferric phosphate.
Since fever is our body's way of healing by creating an internal fire, balancing general health is the most important goal in bringing a person back to health. The homeopathic remedy may not prevent the illness that the fever is "fighting," but it may make the recovery faster and more mild. So, whatever that fever is there to heal, remember that the "beautiful lady," Belladonna, Aconitum napellus or Ferrum phosphoricum can help!
As always, this blog is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnose illness, or in any way an attempt to practice medicine. It is not intended to replace personal medical care from a licensed health care practitioner. Please consult your health care practitioner for any condition.
*From Prisma-The Arcana of Materia Medica Illuminated, Frans Vermeulen, Emryss Publishers, Haarlem, The Netherlands, 2002.