Aconite grows on the higher Alps of Central Europe, in damp, shady fields, along brooks and streams. We make our mother tincture from the entire plant, except the root, gathered at the time of flowering. It affects the sensory nerves, causing tingling, followed by numbness. It accelerates the heart's action, causes a rise in temperature, with chills, fever and sweat; large doses producing paralysis of the heart and nerves, with collapse. Mental distress is an invariable concomitant condition.(Veratrum viride has more arterial but less nervous excitement than Aconite, and a characteristic of Veratrum viride is a bright red streak through the center of the tongue.) In neuralgia the parts are violently congested, hot and swollen ; when brought on by exposure to dry, cold winds ; and when the pains are tingling, with numb sensations ; driving the patient to despair. Pains worse at night. Shooting pains all over abdomen, which is very tender to touch; beginning of inflammatory processes.In dysentery ; frequent scanty with tenesmus ; especially in autumn, when days are warm and nights cold. Diarrhœa of inflammatory origin from cold drinks or checked perspiration ; stools watery, slimy and bloody. Aconite /Gelsemium in fevers.Aconite - hard, quick, bounding pulse.
Gelsemium - soft, flowing, compressible pulse. Aconite - restless, anxious, tossing about.
Gelsemium - drowsy, quiet, tendency to stupor, countenance suffused. In Aconite there is unquenchable thirst for cold water; large drinks at long intervals, or drinks little and often. Pain in the heart extending down the left arm, with numbness, palpitation and lancinating stitches, full, hard and rapid pulse; uncomplicated hypertrophy of the heart.In he young and plethoric, who are attacked suddenly with illness of an acute character, such as sudden congestions, violent fevers, acute colds, desperate pains, benumbing tingling neuralgias, etc. On account of the suddenness of its symptoms and the short duration of its action Aconite is more suitable for acute than for chronic diseases.The terrible anguish and fear of death; the patient even predicts the day of his death; with extreme restlessness and tossing about. Complaints brought on by exposure to dry, cold winds, or from a sudden checking of perspiration. Hard, full, frequent pulse. The symptoms are worse in the evening and at night; come on suddenly and violently. Sthenic fevers, with chilliness on the slightest movement; dry heat of skin, thirst, red cheeks, quickened respiration; scanty urine and constipation; full, bounding, rapid, tense pulse, with mental anxiety and aggravation towards evening. Every motion makes the patient chilly; he is at the same time very restless from the mental anxiety.
In the second stage of inflammation; when it has localized itself Aconite ceases to be of use. Kalmia and Rhus tox also have numbness and tingling of the left arm in heart disease. Pulmonary congestions, with hard, dry, painful cough, anxiety and restlessness, and perhaps a little blood-streaked expectoration. The cardinal points of Aconite are increasing restlessness and great anxiety. Those of Belladonna are flushed face, delirium, throbbing carotids and bounding pulse. Suppression of the menses when it occurs in plethoric patients from fear or fright, or after exposure to cold. Numbness and tingling in all parts. Skin dry, burning hot, intense thirst for cold water, red face sometimes changing to pale. Croupy cough, awakening in first sleep, particularly with children after dry, cold west wind. Conjunctivitis resulting from exposure to dry, cold winds, from surgical operations or from a foreign body in the eye. Cannot bear the pain, or to be touched, or to be uncovered. First stages of inflammatory fevers, before localization, eruption, or exudation has occurred, characterized by great anxiety, and restlessness, often in chilly stages, before febrile symptoms have developed. Hemoptysis, the blood comes up with an easy hawking, hemming or some coughing, either after mental excitement, after drinking wine, or exposure to dry cold air. Numbness of the left arm, can scarcely move the head. Predicts the day she is to die, especially in pregnancy or child-bed. From rising up the red face turns deadly pale. Heat with thirst, hard full frequent pulse, anxious impatience, inappeasable, beside himself tossing about with agony. After a fright with vexation during menses to prevent suppression. After a violent chill, dry heat and lancinating pain in chest. Stools like chopped spinach, in summer complaint. Complaints, especially respiratory, from sudden suppression of perspiration by exposure to cold, especially cold winds.
When to use ACONITUM NAPELLUS in our daily life
Mental distress is invariably present in aconite complaints.
Unquenchable thirst for cold water; large drinks at long intervals, or drinks little and often.
Painful parts are violently congested, hot and swollen, trouble brought on by exposure to dry, cold winds ; there is tingling, with numb sensations which drives the patient to despair. Pains worse at night.
Shooting pains all over abdomen, which is very tender to touch; beginning of inflammatory processes.
In dysentery; stool frequent scanty with tenesmus; especially in autumn, when days are warm and nights cold. Diarrhea of inflammatory origin from cold drinks or checked perspiration; stools watery, slimy and bloody.
Suppression of the menses when it occurs in plethoric patients from fear or fright or after exposure to cold.
Sthenic fevers, with chilliness on the slightest movement; dry heat of skin, thirst, red cheeks, quickened respiration ; scanty urine and constipation ; full, bounding, rapid, tense pulse, mental anxiety and aggravation towards evening. Every motion makes the patient chilly; he is at the same time very restless from the mental anxiety.
There is terrible anguish and fear of death; the patient even predicts the day of his death; with extreme restlessness and tossing about. The symptoms are worse in the evening and at night; come on suddenly and violently. Complaints brought on by exposure to dry, cold winds, or from a sudden checking of perspiration. Hard, full, frequent pulse.
Dose.15 and higher.
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FEAR, of death, of crowds, of going out, etc. ; always fearful chronic
effects of fright.
Complaints from exposure to dry, cold air.
Congestions and inflammations ; acute ; first stage ; with great anxiety, unbearable pain ; heat and restlessness ; tosses about in agony ; throws off covering.
Pains insupportable, < at night, especially evening ; neuralgia.
Face red and flushed, but turns pale on rising, one cheek red.
Favorite locality ; larynx (croup), bronchi, lungs, pleura, joints, heat and circulation.
Modalities, < in the evening (pains and chest symptoms), lying on left side ; in warm room or warm covering ; > uncovering ; kicks or throws off clothes.
The remote effect of exposure to dry, cold air does not exclude the consideration of the remedy even though a severe croup, pneumonia, pleurisy or rheumatism did not follow at the time. If they had, the acute well known Aconite symptoms would have been present, and Aconite administered then and there would have done the work.
ACONITUM NAPELLUS IN TOOTHACHE
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Aconite is, in the highest degree, antiphlogistic; and it acts especially on
the sanguiferous system. It is useful, therefore, at the commencement of all
inflammatory diseases, and all viscereal congestions of blood. It is
employed with the greatest success in croup, pleurisies, acute hepatitis,
inflammatory fevers, catarrhs, inflammations of the brain and membranes,
measles, small-pox, and beatings and palpitations of the heart.
Alternated with pulsatilla, it is a preservative against measles; one globule being ordered, and, twenty-four hours afterwards, one of pulsatilla, and both repeated several times. Even when the disease is not prevented, it is thus rendered much less formidable.
Aconite ought to be administered during the hot stage of fever; but should be avoided during the cold stage.
Above all other remedies, it is useful in diseases caused by fear or anger. It is indispensable with women who have suffered fear or disagreements during their periodical discharges; when one globule will be enough to reestablish tranquility, whether the medicine be laid on the tongue or simply smelled by the patient.
Vegetable acids and wine destroy the effects of aconite: they ought to be excluded from the regimen during the use of the medicine. Indeed, all medicines which have great analogy in action with aconite, act so that wine and acids serve as antidotes when it is wished to destroy their effects.