Mídhavis, Aconite, Monk’s Hood, Aconitum felconeri Stapf


Sanskrit: Vatsnábh


Hindi: Mídhavis

English: Aconite, Monks Hood

Latin: Aconitum felconeri Stapf.

Part Used: Leaves, seeds, roots Habitat: Throughout India

Energetics: VP+ K

Tissues: All, mainly blood/nerves

Systems: All systems, especially the nervous sys- tem

Action: Small doses—Anodyne, antidiabetic, an- tiperiodic, antiphlogistic, antipyretic, diaphoretic, diuretic. Large doses—poison, sedative, narcotic; metabolized quickly. It is related to and acting with Vyán Váyu.

Uses: Enhances the properties of herbs, making them work faster (i.e., for emergencies and imme- diate relief). Leaves—indigestion, sedative; Externally—neuralgia (especially facial), tetanus (acute and chronic), rheumatism (articular and muscular), gout, erysipelas, heart disorders. Internally—fe- vers, pain, increase urine flow. Root (external)— lepa for neuralgia, muscular rheumatism, itching with erythema, nasal catarrh, tonsillitis, sore throat, coryza, acute gout, leprosy, paralysis (alterative and nervine tonic), spermatorrhea, incontinence, and diabetes (decreases urine and sugar quantity). Root (internal)—fever, rheumatism, cough, asthma, snake bites, inflammations of mucus membranes of the throat, nose, stomach, and intestines. Preparation: Tincture, extract from fresh leaves and flower tops; external liniment, poultice, homeo- pathic formula

Precaution: Poisonous without proper purification. The root is not used internally with heart disease. May cause severe headaches. Use only with the advice of a qualified practitioner.

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