Aconitum Napellus is commonly known as Aconite
or Monkshood, Wolf’s- bane. If cinchona was the “Newton’s
apple” of the Homoeopathic discovery, Aconite was the
remedy which helped in the rise and progress of Homoeopathy.
Hahnemann was able to meet most of the conditions which in his
day were treated by blood letting.
The generic name derived from “Akone or Akontion”
as the plant grows on a stony ground and it is used to poison
the arrows to kill wolves. It is found in wet, shady places
in mountainous regions at the high altitudes.It is a short acting
Aconite has analgesic, antipyretic, sedative, antineuralgic,
antirheumatic, antidiarrhoeic, diaphoretic and diuretic properties.
When applied locally, it stimulates the sensory nerves producing
tingling followed by depression with numbness and anesthesia.
When taken internally causes tingling and numbness of the lips
and the mouth, increases the saliva secretion, causes constricted
feeling at the fauces, pain in the epigastria, nausea and vomiting.
The heart action initially slows down and becomes rapid and
weak; the respiration slows and shallows down. It produces anxiety
with cold perspiration.
· Causation – cold, chill, dry winds, fear, fright,
heat of sun, shock, surgical operations, checked perspiration
· Fear, fright, anxiety, anguish of mind and body with
physical and mental restlessness
· The sudden, acute and violent invasion of disease with
fever call for it.
· Does want to be touched
· Sudden and great sinking of strength
· First remedy in inflammation without suppuration and
· Serous and muscular tissues affected markedly with
internal burning, tingling, coldness and numbness. Aconite causes
only functional disturbance and no evidence that it can produce
tissue changes, so it should not be continued after the pathological
· Its action is brief and shows no periodicity
· Everything taste bitter, except water (china –
everything bitter including water)
· Aconite individual is strong, plethoric who become
suddenly ill but recovery is fast. Like a storm it comes and
sweeps over and passes away.
· Modalities - < NIGHT, MIDNIGHT, warm
room, evening, lying on the affected part, music, from tobacco
smoke, dry cold wind, wine and other stimulants, motion, rising
up in bed
· > Open air( in catarrhal headaches), rest, bending
double, lying on back, uncovering
· Aconite is one of the great PAIN remedy
(cham, coffea) Intense pain; screams with pain; cannot bear
to be touched or covered; the pains is like knives- stinging,
tearing, cutting, stabbing pain; pain associated with extreme
restlessness, anxiety and fear
· Fear of aconite
Fear of death, fear to cross the street, fear to go into society,
fears something is going to happen, indefinable, unreasonable
· There is active hemorrhage in stout, plethoric people;
passes almost pure blood.
· Sulphur is the chronic of aconite and follows aconite
in acute diseases.
· Aconite is one of the most potent prophylactics before
the exact nature of the ailment becomes evident – in coryza,
in the first few hours when there is little more than chilliness
and scanty, watery discharge or eye affections following the
exposure to cold air, active infection developing quickly or
due to injury
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