Thorn Apple

Latin name: Datura metel Linn. (Solanaceae), D. fastuosa Linn., D. alba (Ness)

Sanskrit/Indian name: Dhatura, Dhatur

General information:

Thorn Apple has been used in traditional medicine for healing for centuries. It is recommended for treating respiratory disorders, fevers and joint aches. Thorn Apple is also a potent sedative.

Therapeutic constituents:

The principal active constituent of Thorn Apple is a hyoscine—scopolamine. Scopolamine, which is primarily a sedative, also possesses analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Key therapeutic benefits:

  • A poultice made from Thorn Apple extracts has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, which alleviate joint aches and pains associated with rheumatism and arthritis.