Variegated aconite (Aconitum variegatum ); slender aconite; variegated aconite
A perennial herbaceous plant of the family of sedum. The roots are thickened like a turnip. The stem is field, with almost horizontally deviated branches, 60-150 cm high. The leaves are finger-shaped, 5-7-dissected. The flowers are blue or bluish, in a spreading tassel. The fruit is collective, from bare or slightly pubescent leaves. Blooms in July – August.
Spread. It occurs in Kirpaty and in the western areas of the Forest Steppe in forests and bushes.
Procurement and storage. Root tubers (Tuber Asoniti) collected in autumn are used. From 4 kg of raw root tubers, 1 kg of dry ones are obtained. In folk medicine, in addition to this, grass (Herba Aconiti) harvested before the plant blooms is used. Raw materials are dried in the shade: in attics or under tents. Store in well-ventilated areas.
The plant is unofficial .
Chemical composition. Aconite roots contain alkaloids (1.2-3.4%), organic acids, coumarins (0.3%), starch. Alkaloids include aconitine (0.6%), aconifine, acetylzongorin, acetylzonhoramine, acetylnapeline, zongorin, zongoramine, isoboldine, caracolin, caracolidine, neoline, norzongorin, napelin, phenyl-B-naphthylamine. Alkaloids, flavonoids, ascorbic acid, etc. have been found in aerial organs.
Pharmacological properties and use. Variegated aconite has a pronounced pain-relieving effect. Antimicrobial and antitumor properties of the plant have also been revealed. Externally in the form of an ointment or internally in the form of a tincture, Aconite variegated is used as a pain reliever for rheumatism, neuralgia, migraine, toothache and other diseases. Aconite variegated is also used in folk medicine for pulmonary tuberculosis, colds and sciatica. It is also known to be used for malignant neoplasms (internally and externally).
Medicinal forms and applications. Variegated Aconite is used in the form of a tincture under the supervision of a doctor and under his personal responsibility. According to Bulgarian scientists, the therapeutic dose of aconitine, as the most toxic alkaloid, is 0.02-0.03 mg 2-3 times a day. When collecting, storing and using Aconite motley (as well as other aconites), you should remember that it is a deadly poisonous plant! At the first signs of poisoning (feeling of numbness of the tongue, face and whole body, burning in the chest and abdomen, nausea, vomiting), it is necessary to immediately call an ambulance and provide first aid to the victim
Deadly poisonous plant!