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Datura stramonium

Plant name: Datura stramonium

Chemical constituents:  The alkaloid consists chiefly of hyoscyamine, associated with atropine and hyoscine (scopolamine), malic acid also being present. The leaves also yield 17 to 20 per cent of ash, and are rich in potassium nitrate  and  trace of volatile oil, gum, resin, starch, and other unimportant substances.

Uses:
 Atropine has been used in treating Parkinson’s disease and peptic ulcers.
 Used in diarrhea, and bronchial asthma.
Antispasmodic, anodyne and narcotic.
The extract is given in pills to allay cough in spasmodic bronchial asthma, in whooping-cough and spasm of the bladder.

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