Aconite, a perennial flowering plant that grows in the mountains of Europe and Central Asia, is known by its Latin name, Aconitum napellus, when used as a homeopathic remedy. This plant, also called wolfsbane or monkshood, is poisonous, but the homeopathic remedies made from it are highly diluted and are safe to use.
For women with menstruation problems who have symptoms of fear and anxiety as well as accompanying nervousness, aconite taken at 30c twice daily for up to 14 days can be useful. These symptoms worsen with exposure to warm rooms, dry cold wind or tobacco smoke, and improve with fresh air, bending double and resting.
For individuals who suffer from headaches with the accompanying symptoms of restlessness and impatience, aconite taken at 30c every 10 to 15 minutes with a maximum of six doses a day can help alleviate a headache for those whose symptoms get worse with light or noise, or in stuffy rooms.
Aconite has long been used as a homeopathic remedy to prevent an individual from fainting due to a fright or shock, particularly after witnessing an accident. Aconite taken at 30c every five minutes for up to 10 doses is recommended to prevent fainting.
Aconite is indicated for acute infections such as sinusitis, sore throat and thick mucus discharge, where symptoms include extreme anxiety but will improve with movement, as well as in warmth and in the open. The recommended dosage is 30c taken every two hours with a maximum of 10 doses.
Aconite taken at a 30c dose every 30 minutes with a maximum of 10 doses can help with problems relating to digestion. The physical symptoms will worsen upon ingesting cold drinks, ice cream or freezer pops, and overripe fruits, and will be better with sipping warm drinks. Other symptoms that indicate use of aconite for digestive difficulties are fear, particularly of having an incurable illness, restlessness and insomnia.
The use of aconite can alleviate anxiety, irritability, anger and insomnia. Physiological symptoms are nervousness, restlessness, along with an extreme fear of death and nightmares. Physical symptoms get better with fresh air and warmth and worsen with exposure to tobacco smoke, loud music and warm, stuffy rooms. The usual recommendation is a 30c dose, taken an hour before bed for approximately 10 nights.
Contraindications and Warnings
Never self-medicate with the aconite remedy. It's always best to consult a professional homeopath rather than prescribing for yourself. Aconite is not recommended for those with cardiovascular disease. Never ingest any part of the monkshood plant. Avoid taking aconite during pregnancy or breastfeeding.