Latin Name: Hyoscyamus niger Linn. (Solanaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Parasigaya, Khurasani-ajvayan
Henbane, which has sedative properties, has been employed externally to relieve pain. The German Commission Eand The British Herbal Pharmacopeia have documented the use of Henbane in spasms of the gastrointestinal tract.
Hyoscyamine and hyoscine are the principal alkaloids in Henbane, which depress the central nervous system. The seeds show inhibitory activity against the digestive enzyme lipase.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Henbane is used extensively as a sedative and pain killer.
- It is also know to relieve pains associated with the gastrointestinal tract.