Apothecary aconite (Aconite napellus)

Aconite is a plant of the genus of perennial herbaceous poisonous plants of the Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). Other names: Wrestler, Pasque Grass, Covered


Perennial plant 120-200 cm high. The stem reaches 120 (rarely 150) cm in height. On it are 5 – 7-lobed leaves. The flowers are dark blue in a raceme. Aconite blooms from June to September. Distributed in the mountainous regions of Central Europe, found in wet alpine meadows. Tuberous roots. Often grows in dense thickets. We want to warn you that the plant is very poisonous, and it should be used only after the permission of the attending physician. Self-assembly is not recommended!

Contains active substances:

aconitine and other alkaloids.

Medicinal properties:

Medicinal raw materials are dried roots, which are applied externally for neuralgia and rheumatism. An important role is played by the analgesic properties of this plant, used for neuralgia, sciatica and gout. Aconite is also used for colds such as runny nose, bronchitis, high fever. From aconite, a tincture is prepared for oral administration, as well as an ointment for relieving pain. Aconite is used in homeopathy, the Aconite remedy itself is prepared from fresh flowering plants. This product is prescribed for colds, flu, neuralgia, sciatica and other pain syndromes. In folk medicine, aconite is used to treat colds, all kinds of pain, rheumatism, gout, insomnia, inflammation of the digestive tract and respiratory tract.

Side effects.

In case of poisoning with aconite, after a few minutes there is a burning sensation in the mouth and itching all over the body, a powerful sweating begins, accompanied by chills and a sharp feeling of cold. The following symptoms of poisoning are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Finally, the limbs become numb, breathing slows down and becomes shallow, and after 20 minutes death may occur due to collapse.

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