Healing Power and Curative Properties
The dried leaves and seeds of datura are used in the British and the
United States Pharmacopoeia as antispasmodic under critical conditions of
asthma and whooping cough. Datura possesses properties analogous to those
of belladonna. It counteracts spasmodic disorders and induces deep sleep.
Datura is very useful in asthma, when the smoke from the burning leaves is
inhaled. The leaves rolled into cigarettes can be smoked to relieve
Datura fruit is a specific remedy for phlegmatic and bilious types of
malarial fever. A desired quantity of the fruit should be placed in an
earthen pot and covered with a plaster composed of cloth and clay. It
should be parched in 10 to 12 grams of cowdung cakes. When the fire gets
extinguished and the pot is cold, the burnt fruit should removed, powdered
and kept safely in a phial for use in malarial fever.
The herb is valuable remedy for heart disorders. It relieves cardiac
pains, distress, palpitation and aortic disorders.
The leaves of the herb are useful in the treatment of earache. About 125
grams each of the juice of datura leaves and sesame oil should be boiled
in a tin vessel on gentle fire. When half of the juice has evaporated,
seven leaves of gigantic swallow wort (akh) should be put in it after
smearing them with oil and sprinkling with powdered salt. The leaves
should be boiled till they begin to char. This oil is then filtered
through a coarse cloth and preserved in a bottle. A few drops of this oil
in the ear cure earache and supportive conditions of the ear.
Datura is useful in impotency. The seeds of 15 ripe fruits should be
extracted and boiled in eight kilograms of cow's milk on gentle fire. This
milk should then be made into curd in the usual way and churned the next
morning to extract butter which is stored in a broad-mouthed bottle. This
butter, massaged every morning and evening on the penis and the spine,
will provide the desired effect. It is also used as an oral medicine. Four
grains with betel leaf can be taken. The use of this butter both
externally and internally in this way will gradually promote health and
vigor and restore absolute fitness in the body.
A preparation made from datura seeds with other ingredients is useful in
patchy baldness. A paste made with datura seeds, liquorices, saffron and
milk cream is heated in coconut oil thoroughly till the solid mass
converts to a charred powder. The oil when applied on bald patches has the
power to stimulate hair growth. As datura is poisonous, hands should be
washed thoroughly after handling the oil. The mixture should not be used
on the scalp of children.
Problem of Breast Milk Secretion
The herb is highly beneficial in checking secretion of breast milk. In
case of an unfortunate death of a newly born baby, accumulation of milk in
the breasts of, the mother poses a problem, causing severe pain. In such a
case, warmed leaves of the datura tied on the breasts will help dry the
milk without any pain and difficulty. Just 2 or 3 applications will bring
the desired results.
Precautions: The usual dose of datura is about 2 decigrams. In
large doses, it may lead to dilation of the pupils and dryness of the
mouth and throat.