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Henbane ( Ajwain Khurasani )

also known as
Black Henbane
اجوائن خراسانی
Scientific Name: Hyoscyamus Niger

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Henbane/Ajwain Khurasani (اجوائن خراسانی) also called Black Henbane, is either annual or biennial plant Hyoscyamus Niger that belongs to the Solanaceae family also known as the nightshade family. The plant can grow up to 25-100 cm tall. It has bright green, hairy leaves that are oval or elongated with toothed edges.

Ingredient Name :

Hyoscyamus niger Linn.

Arabic Name : Banj Aswad, Shawkaraan, Khuraasaanee Ajwa’een

Bengali Name : Korasani Ajowan

Chinese Name : Tian xian zi

English Name : Henbane, Black Henbane, Stinking Nightshade, Devil’s Eye, Henbell

French Name : Jusquiame noire

German Name : Bilsenkraut, Dullkraut, Rasenwurz, Saukraut, Teufelswurz, Tollkraut, Zigeunerkraut

Gujarati Name : Khurasani Ajmo

Hindi Name : Khurasani Ajwain, Khursana

Kannada Name : Khurasanee Ajawaana

Kashmiri Name : Bazar-bhang

Latin name : Hyoscyamus niger Linn.

Marathi Name : Khurasanee Ova

Persian Name : Bang, Bangdiwana, Danj

Punjabi Name : Khurasanee Ajvain

Sanskrit Name : Parasikava, Yavni

Urdu Name : Ajwain Khurasani, Bazrulbanj

Recommended Dosage:

200 mg to 400 mg powder of dried seeds.


Possible side effects are dryness of mouth, disturbance of optic conditions, tachycardia and difficulty in urination.

Henbane has been used as a medicine since ancient times and had a strong reputation as a magical herb that was for instance used in love potions and to induce hallucinations.

Health Benefits:

The main healing properties of the herb are due to the sedative, analgesic and antispasmodic effect the substance hyoscyamine. Henbane was used specifically for pain in the urinary tract, especially in the case of kidney stones.

The sedative and antispasmodic effect makes it a valuable remedy for Parkinson’s disease, where it relieves tremors and stiffness in the early stages of the disease.

The herb has also been used for toothache and nervous disorders such as mania and hysteria. The herb has been used as an herbal remedy for bronchitisbecause of its cough suppressant effect and the ability to clear the breathing passages from secretions.

Side Effects:

Henbane is a dangerous and highly poisonous plant and it should never been used by pregnant or lactating women and children.

It can cause dizziness, nausea, dry mucous membranes in the mouth, difficulty in swallowing, fever, hallucinations (often with erotic content), rapid pulse and respiration, increasing blood pressure, seizures, numbness and an urge to rest and sleep.

In severe cases the herb can be deadly, causing cardiac arrest or respiratory paralysis.

Useful in Following diseases:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Catarrh
  • Cough
  • Cystitis
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Fevers
  • Gout
  • Insanity
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney Stone
  • Leucorrhoea
  • Menorrhagia
  • Motion Sickness
  • Neuralgia
  • Premature Ejaculation
  • Rheumatism
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sexual Debility
  • Spermatorrhoea
  • Whooping
  • Cough


The information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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