Black nightshade (Solanum americanum; also, Solanum nigrescens).
Plant Part Used: Leaf.
Dominican Medicinal Uses: Leaf: decoction, orally, for allergies, vaginal infections, cysts, fibroids, cancer (early stages), blood-cleansing, childbirth and postpartum recovery.
Safety: Leaf extracts in moderate amounts have shown relatively low toxicity; in excess, can cause adverse reactions; fruits contain toxic alkaloids.
Clinical Data: Human clinical trials: treatment of vaginal candidiasis (plant extract).
Laboratory & Preclinical Data: In vivo: immunomodulatory (leaf extract).
In vitro: antidermatophytic, antifungal (plant extract); antimicrobial (leaf extract); antitrypanosomal (plant extract).
* See entry for Hierba mora in “Part 3: Dominican Medicinal Plant Profiles” of this book for more information, including references.