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Belladonna – A Homeopathic Remedy For Fever

Posted on 22nd February 2024

This short article considers first aid with ‘Belladonna’ a homeopathic remedy for fever (and more). This is a remedy commonly found in homeopathic first aid kits available from pharmacies such as Ainsworths and Helios

Please read my initial article in this series, if you have not already done so

The homeopathic remedy Belladonna originates from the plant of the same name.  Its common name is ‘deadly nightshade’.  Poisonous plants often make the best medicine! 

The plant contains the alkaloid atropine, a form of which is used to dilate the pupils in an eye examination.  Italian ladies used the plant for the same reason, thus enhancing their allure, and so we have Bella Donna (beautiful woman).   

Prepared homeopathically it is another fever remedy.  It is similar, yet different,  to Aconite – which I covered in an earlier blog.  

deadlynight shade - from which we get the homeopathic medicine Belladonna

Homeopathic Principles – a quick recap

Classical homeopathy prescribing follows the natural law of similars.  This means that you select the remedy by matching its picture to the symptoms of the patient.

Every homeopathic remedy has both mental / emotional and physical characteristics. The patient will not exhibit every characteristic of the remedy.  Just capture the general theme.

Three Legged Stool

Try to establish three out of the following four:

  • the underlying cause
  • the nature of the presenting symptoms
  • things that make the symptoms better or worse (e.g. hot drinks or cold)
  • any wider change in the symptoms of the patient, even if apparently unrelated

First Aid Uses (Belladonna homepathic remedy for fever)

Belladonna is a great homeopathic remedy for fever in children.  The Belladonna state requires the strong vitality that is characteristic of young children.  At the other end of the age range, the Belladonna state is rare to find.  Indeed the elderly may not have the vitality to throw a fever, if they have it is a good sign.

Remember that the body fights infection through fever (raising the temperature of the body). Except in extreme circumstances a fever should not be suppressed. Current NHS guidance recognises this.

For the late Dr RAF Jack, Aconite was his No1 recommendation for fever, and Belladonna ranked No2.  Dr Jack (see below) was a GP who used homeopathy extensively in his Bromsgrove practice in the 1950s to the 80s. He provided all his patients had a basic kit of homeopathic remedies (available on the NHS then).

And both these remedies are prefereable to paracetamol albeit requiring a little more knowledge in their use.

Where the Aconite patient has anguish and restlessness, Belladonna in contrast has rage!   The onset is slightly slower than that of the Aconite type of fever.

Belladonna Picture

  • hot, red skin, flushed face, throbbing carotids, glaring eyes, even delirium
  • acuteness of all senses, constant moaning, may strike out or bite
  • in contrast to Aconite there is no anxiety or fear
  • dry mouth and throat and aversion to water despite the fever (Aconite has an intense thirst)
  • affinity for the left side (Aconite right)
  • strawberry pattern on tongue (Aconite is coated white)

Better or Worse

  • worse for any jar or noise
  • worse around 3pm (contrasting the night aggravation of Aconite)

Other Points

  • one of the remedies for middle ear pain (otitis media)
  • useful in mastitis
  • also a good remedy for acne rosacea where skin is hot and sensitive to touch.


A pill can be dissolved in the mouth (typically 30c potency). Better is to dissolve a pill in a little water and give a teaspoon to the patient. A few doses at 15 or 30 minute interval should suffice – reduce the frequency or stop once there is improvement – the body will do the rest!

Homeopathic Remedy Belladonna

Other guidance on Childhood fevers

This Waldorf Guide is a useful purchase. The authors give some guidance on fever in children. They say that a restless child may refuse to stay covered so need the calming presence of an adult who will tell stories etc. The child should have light clothing and bedding. Fresh air but no draughts. Give plenty of fluids (diluted fruit juice). Bland diet – but only if the child is hungry. Elsewhere, the guidance was as above plus no TV or computers – radio is ok. And most important – rest! The Waldorf guide uses Anthrosophical remedies which are similar to homeopathics – again Belladonna but also a Belladonna / Apis combination.

society of Homeopaths

Disclaimer: I am a qualified professional homeopath and not a medical doctor. The NHS has many resources, and seeking the opinion of your GP is always of value.

© 2024 Allan Pollock