Homoeopathic and Aconite

Name of remedy: Aconite, also known as Monkshood and wolfs bane

Plant family and Latin name:Ranunculceae   Aconitum napellus

Country of origin:Found throughout mountainous areas of Asia, central and southern Europe,

south west England and South Wales; preferred growing areas are damp woodland, and shady river banks and streams.

Background information:

Aconite has a history of being used in Chinese and Ayurveda medicines.  Ancient Greek and Roman medicine also detail use of aconite; Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Pliney the Elder are noted to have prescribed aconite.  In 1805 Dr Samuel Hahnemann published “Proving of Aconite” and it is noted that this publication was paramount to the spread of homoeopathy. The plant in its natural state is a deadly poison, and all plant parts are used in the creation of homoeopathic remedy.  The homoeopathic dilution process renders aconite harmless but an effective remedy to various complaints.

Homoeopathic symptom picture:

The person suitable for this remedy is often well – built study and strong, being very healthy and have a high colouring; they tend to have low self-esteem, and become restless, anxious and fearful when ill; they will hold ideas of having to prove their worth to the point of recklessness and callousness.  When well they are sociable and seek companionship although there is a hidden fear of crowds of people.  There is a strong belief that all illness is serious or incurable.  The person will have difficulties managing shocks, or emotional trauma and so anxiety and restlessness will present or increase.

Better for: Open space and air, warmth and sitting upright.

Worse for: The person who will benefit from aconite will feel worse indoors where it is stuffy, confined, and closed spaces.  Tobacco smoke is irritating to this person.  They feel worse around midnight, being touched, cold winds or draughts.

Areas of applications:

This remedy is one of a Polychrest in that it will cover many different areas of applications; fevers, illnesses and acute infections that come with severe pain and appear suddenly or are caused by trauma.  Coughs, that are hoarse, dry loud and painful that is intermittent, possibly with anxiety and a desire for cold drinks present.Colds, influenza, laryngitis, pleurisy, tonsillitis, pneumonia are amongst the chest infections that this remedy is indicated for.  Eye conditions, conjunctivitis, glaucoma, ears Cystitis, with horrific pain upon urination, there may be blood and an extreme thirst present. Also indicated where there is urinary retention after surgery, trauma or shock as well as diseases of the kidney.Indicated at the initial diagnosis of the liver being affected by hepatitis with pains around the liver, where there is gallstones and diverticulitis.

Angina – where there is sudden onset of symptoms which include rapid heart rate, breathlessness and crushing sensations on the heart which produces pain into the left shoulder; indicated also for right sided heart failure.This remedy is indicated for conditions of the nervous system, in which symptoms are sudden, as in the condition of epile