Botanical Name : SOLANUM NIGRUM
Family Name : SOLANACEAE
Common Name : BLACK NIGHT SHADE, MAKOY, DEADLY NIGHTSHADE
Part Used: Fruits, whole plant
Habitat: Grows as a weed all over dry parts of India
Uses : Taken internally in very small amounts, the leaves strongly promote perspiration and purge the bowels the next day. The juice of the fresh herb is sometimes used for fever and to allay pain. In large doses, black nightshade can cause serious, but usually not fatal, poisoning. Externally, the juice or an ointment prepared from the leaves can be used for skin problems and tumors. The berries are poisonous, but boiling apparently destroys the toxic substances and makes them usable for preserves, jams, and pies.
The fruit is used as a cosmetic; rubbing the seeds on the cheeks to remove freckles. The mature fruit is harmlessly and extensively eaten by children. The fruit has been used for diabetes. Decoction of stalk, leaves, roots is good for wounds and cancerous sores.