Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
||Monkshood, wolf's bane, friar's cap
General description and domicile:
Growing in damp mountainous regions in Europe and Central Asia Aconite has a
pretty blue/purple flower that grows in tall, clustered stems, from tubers
originating in the roots of the plant.
All of the plant is very poisonous but the poisonous alkaloid
(known as aconite) is more concentrated in the roots which can poison if
Warning: Extreme care must be taken when handling this
plant as very little contact with aconite can be fatal.
Part used and extraction:
All of the plant with the exception of the roots is used, harvested in the flowering season.
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture
The sap of the plant was originally used as arrow tip poison. It was also
used as a herbal remedy externally for bruises.
Hahnemann proved this remedy and used it extensively against
fevers, pain and infections
Aconite is used by homeopaths in cases where the onset of deterioration and
illness is very sudden in people that are normally healthy and
strong. Physical and mental symptoms occurs suddenly. Physical symptoms often
follow shock, fear and/or sudden temperature changes especially sudden cold and
Emotional Disposition and psychological symptoms are anxiety,
restlessness, acute fear, paranoia, fear of death and panic attacks.
The remedy encourages sweating.
Conditions caused by sudden shock or exposure to cold and wet weather, sudden
acute infections, panic attacks and fear.
Used for treatment of:
Flu or colds triggered by cold, wet weather with rapid onset. Catarrh,
congestion, fevers, sore throat and chest, breathlessness and coughing.
Better: for warmth, for fresh air, for lying down.
Worse: for heat, for stuffy rooms, at night.
Anxiety, shock and fear:
Triggered by phobias or an actual frightening event. Restlessness, irritability,
inability to sit down, palpitations, sense of doom, jumpiness and panic attacks
that may be accompanied with fear of company and reclusiveness.
Better: for lying down, for fresh air.
Worse: for noise, for crowded places, for stuffy rooms.
Eye and ear infections:
Conjunctivitis, earache, inflamed eyes sensitivity to light and noise, rapid
onset and fevers. Disturbed sleep, restlessness, hot face.
Prescribed for sudden fear of death during labor.
Menopausal hot flushes:
Restlessness, agitation panic attacks and anxiety related to menopause. Hot
flushes accompanied by fear and sense of claustrophobia.
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
Pressure on infected part,
Listening to music,
Walking at night,
Late at night.
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
See also our Herbal page on Aconite.
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