Black nightshade (Solanum americanum; also, Solanum nigrescens).Plant Part Used: Leaf. Dominican Medicinal Uses: Leaf: decoction, orally, for allergies, vaginal infections, cysts, fibroids, cancer (early stages), blood-cleansing, childbirth and postpartum recovery. Safety: Leaf extracts in moderate amounts have shown relatively low toxicity; in excess, can cause adverse reactions; fruits contain toxic alkaloids. Clinical Data: Human clinical trials: treatment of vaginal candidiasis (plant extract). Laboratory & Preclinical Data: In vivo: immunomodulatory (leaf extract). In vitro: antidermatophytic, antifungal (plant extract); antimicrobial (leaf extract); antitrypanosomal (plant extract). * See entry for Hierba mora in “Part 3: Dominican Medicinal Plant Profiles” of this book for more information, including references.
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