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Makoy (Black Nightshade) Solanum nigrum, Solanum rubrum, Solanum incertum
---Synonyms---Garden Nightshade, Makoy, Kakamachi, Black nightshade, deadly nightshade, poisonberry
--Parts Used---Fruit, leaf
Leaf: alternative, sedative, diaphoretic, diuretic, hydragogue, expectorant.
Fruit-alterative, tonic, diuretic
Taken internally in very small amounts, the leaves strongly promote perspiration and purge the bowels the next day. The juice of the fresh herb is sometimes used for fever and to allay pain. In large doses, black nightshade can cause serious, but usually not fatal, poisoning. Externally, the juice or an ointment prepared from the leaves can be used for skin problems and tumors. The berries are poisonous, but boiling apparently destroys the toxic substances and makes them usable for preserves, jams, and pies.
This herb is used for skin diseases, rheumatism, and gout. Juice of the herb is given in chronic enlargement of the liver. It can cure ear, and eye diseases. It is sometimes prescribed to "remove the effect of old age."
Caution: Berries may be poisonous for some people. In large doses, black nightshade can cause serious, but usually not fatal, poisoning.
Do not take this herb internally except under the supervision of a qualified professional.