Aconite (Aconitum Napellus)

Remedy Profile
Common names: Monkshood, friar's cap, wolfsvane.
Source: Grows in mountainous areas of Europe.
Parts used: Fresh root, flowers and leaves

This deadly plant has been used throughout history as an arrow poison in hunting. Its name is derived from the Latin word "acon" for dart. The Homeopathic remedy was proved by Hahnemann in 1805 and was used extensively for fevers and sudden complaints with severe pain, which had up until then been treated by blood-letting.

Ailments Treated
Aconite is used to treat complaints that come on suddenly and acutely, often due to shock or fright, exposure to dry, cold winds and occasionally, intensely hot weather. This remedy is usually needed at the onset of an infection, such as colds and coughs, and ear, eye, and throat complaints. It is also used for eye inflammation due to injury. Symptoms of inflammation and infection include restless, agitated sleep. The face is red, hot, flushed, and swollen with severe burning pain, but on rising becomes very pale.

This remedy is also given for fear with associated restlessness, for example, in panic attacks with palpitations, numbness and tingling in the body. The person looks very anxious with dilated pupils, this fear often relates back to an alarming event. This is a good remedy for women who fear death during labour.

Symptoms better in fresh air, for warmth.
Symptoms worse in stuffy rooms, for music; lying on the affected area.

Key Uses
-Acute infections with sudden onset, especially in health people exposed to abrupt climate changes.
-Fear, shock and a fear of dying when ill.
-Burning pain and numbness.

Constitutional Type
Aconite adults and children are strong healthy and full-blooded. When well, these types desire company. They tend to lack self-esteem and want to prove themselves, and may be insensitive and malicious. When ill, they fear dying, even to the point of prediciting the exact time of death. These people react badly to shock and have intense fears, especially of being in crowd, and dislike going out.

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