Black Night Shade / Manathakali Keerai Powder
Tamil : Manathakkali Keerai Podi – மணத்தக்காளி
Malayalam : Mulaku-thakkali
Hindi : Makoi
Telugu : Kasaka
Botanical : Solanum Nigrum
The black nightshade is a small, erect and delicate annual herb with soft and smooth stems and branches. It grows diffusedly with several arching branches up to one meter in height. The plant has alternate, egg-shaped, elliptic leaves; white, cream or violet flowers in clusters, purple or black fruit when ripe; with blue or black seeds.
Black nightshade consist of moisture 82.1 percent, protein 5.9 percent, fat 1.0 percent, minerals 2.1 percent and carbohydrates 8.9 percent per 100 grams. The minerals and vitamins presents in it include calcium, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C.
Benefits and Uses
The leaves of black nightshade are effective in the treatment of digestive disorders. Decoction can be used in stomach disorders like flatulence, colitis and peptic ulcers.
The plant helps in removing catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes in asthma patients. The fruits of the plant can also be used beneficially in treating asthma.
It is useful in the treatment of dropsy. It increases the secretion and discharge of urine. Either it can be used as decoction or as a vegetable in the treatment of this disease.
The plant is beneficial in chronic skin diseases. As an anodyne or pain reliever, a decoction of the plant can be used for washing inflamed, irritated and painful parts can be used for washing inflamed, irritated and painful parts of the body.
1 spoon a day before diet with warm water
There are no known side effects with this herb. Seek medical advice for its use during pregnancy.