What is an Anodyne?

These are herbs that will relieve and soothe pain (are synonymous with Analgesics). Other actions that will have this effect are Hypnotics and those herbs which contain opiates

How do Anodynes Work

Through various mechanisms but primarily by lessening sensitivity of the brain or the nervous system and causing analgesia.

Note: These herbs have the potential to be toxic in low doses. 

Herbal Examples:

  • Eschscholzia california (California Poppy)
  • Lactuca virosa (Wild lettuce)
  • Piscidia erythrina (Jamaican Dogwood)
  • Valeriana off. (Valerian)
  • Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade)
  • Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane)
  • Datura stramonium (Thorn Apple)
  • Gelsemium sempervirens (Gelsemium)