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Aconitum Napellus(Monks Hood)
Once the art of homeopathic treatment is fully understood, day-to- day ailments can often be controlled at the outset and complications can be avoided.  In the early stages of all ailments, Aconite is at the top  of the  list.    Its  full  name  is  Aconitum Napellus,  though  it  is commonly called Aconite.
Aconite is a poison which affects different parts of the body.  In the traditional  books on medicine, there is some mention of it among other poisons.  However, the minutely detailed account of Aconite is based  on  proving  of  Aconite  done  by  Dr.  Hanneman  and  other experienced Homeopaths on themselves.
In the process of proving, Aconite, or any other poison, is not used in pure  form.    Instead,  as  Dr.  Hanneman  suggested,  by  example  of Aconite, the poison is  diluted to the extent that it virtually loses its harmful effect on the body.  However, if given repeatedly to a healthy person, it will overwhelm the body and produce its injurious effects in a mild form.  These effects are temporary but noticeable enough for the nature of the poison to be studied in minute detail.   Through this proving  technique,  the  characteristic  features  of  the  Aconite  were revealed.    These are great fear, suddenness, and severity of illness. The sickness comes on suddenly and the patient thinks that he will not be able to survive.
Aconite is  usually  considered  to  be  the  remedy  of  dry  and  cold weather  because  the  diseases  related  to  it  are  contracted  in  such weather, though not  necessarily so.   In general, any sudden, severe illness of any weather associated with intense fear of death should be treated with Aconite.
Aconite given along with Rhus Tox at the onset of a severe illness becomes more widely effective.  In my opinion, it is a substitute for Aspirin and a very good one.  In all such ailments in which there is restlessness and fever with a  feeling of something untoward in the offing, Aconite 200 and Rhus Tox 200, two or three doses given in the early stage of disease, offer almost immediate relief.
Once  my   security   officer,   (Retired   Major   Mahmood   Ahmad), accompanied us for cycling.  It was pouring with rain and the weather was very  cold, we were all soaking wet. The next morning, he was caught up by high fever and severe body aches.  He was given Aconite 200 combined with Rhus Tox 200 and Arnica 200 combined with Bryonia 200 alternatively, every half hour.  In a few hours, there was no  trace  of  the  ailment  left,  and  Major  Mahmood  Ahmad  Sahib healthily returned to his duty.   However, after getting wet in the rain in cold weather, one should not rely only on Aconite and Rhus Tox, but Arnica combined with Bryonia should also be given alternatively.
I discovered this prescription, after long experience.    It acts on the diseases of the intestines, lungs, and in typhoid fever, as well as on malaria and  dysentery promptly.    Many a time, the disease is not completely  controllable  with  this  combination,  and  the  analogous remedy will be required  for complete recovery.    In influenza, this combination formula may not work  at  all, unless given right at the onset  of  symptoms.If  treatment  is  delayed,  then  other  indicated remedies would be required.
Diseases  may  be  divided  into  two  categories  according  to  their duration. Regarding their duration, the diseases can be:
1.  Acute  i.e.  the  ones  which  come  on  with  sudden  severity  and disappear just as fast.
2.  Chronic i.e. the ones which gradually establish themselves in the body over a long period.  Some of them stay for a relatively short period such as typhoid, while others linger on for a long time, such as  tuberculosis,  asthma  and  chronic  enlargement  of  the  glands sometimes leading to a transformation into cancer.
Aconite is the topmost remedy in acute diseases.
Kidney pain (renal colic) immediately responds to the administration of two  doses of Aconite 1000 and Belladona 1000 repeated every fifteen minutes, in  most patients.     However, if the colicky pain is relieved by heat, the above combination will not work as it works only where heat aggravates.  In such cases, one dose of Colocynth CM will offer immediate relief, or Mag Phos 6X dissolved in water and sipped, will relieve this spasmodic pain.    But  Aconite and Belladona will work well if the colicky pain is relieved by cold application.
Aconite  will  work  immediately  in  sudden,  severe  dysentery  if associated with an element of fear.  There is no match for Aconite in acute dysentery of  dry, hot weather. Aconite is useful in heart disease also.  My late father, a well-experienced homoeopath, used to prescribe Aconite and Crataegus together  in Mother Tincture form. The combination of these two works like a tonic for the heart muscle. Eight to ten drops of Crataegus Q and only  one to two drops of Aconite Q are mixed in water. Aconite being a strong poison should not be used in a larger quantity. Large amounts could be dangerous.
Aconite is useful in a patient with a rapid heartbeat.  Unusually rapid heart and lack of sleep may be secondary to distension of the stomach with gas or mental  anxiety.   Fear, bad news or apprehension for an examination or some other worry may also cause palpitations of the heart.  Aconite  30  or  200  will  promptly  restore  the  heartbeat  to normality and the mind will be set at peace.
Aconite is of great use in some mental illnesses too.  When a sudden calamity   or   depression   causes   mental   shock,   or   there   is   an unreasonable sense of fear from everything, Aconite at the outset of symptoms will benefit  significantly.    Once the disease has already established, other remedies should be given.  In this respect, Sulphur is the most salient.  Sulphur carries on the action of Aconite on a long- term basis, while  Aconite  exhibits the same symptoms in the short term.
Aconite  is  very  useful  in  common  diseases  like  bacterial  food poisoning after the ingestion of stale rotting food, resulting in sudden severe diarrhoea or dysentery.  Blood-mixed dysentery of the rainy season associated with fear is well controlled by Aconite.
In some illnesses, the patient violently screams with fear, and feels dizzy.  For example, in case a dog suddenly jumps on somebody along the  way  and  they  feel  terrified  and  dizzy.  Aconite  will  promptly benefit in this situation.
Aconite  and  Belladona  together  are  very  good  in  the  sudden inflammation of the eyes.   They are complementary to each other, and  should be  started  right  away  without  waiting  for  further symptoms.  However, where the signs and symptoms evidently pertain to either of the two, only that one should be used.It will work precisely and for long time.
Aconite is good in sudden severe earache due to exposure to cold. Typically, every pain or ache of Aconite is associated with a throbbing sensation. The patient cannot tolerate noise or loud music.
Aconite is similar to Pulsatilla in that the feverishness and discomfort is more evident on one side of the face.  One cheek may be red and the other pale.    This is  common in children.Early administration of Aconite  will  offer  prompt  cure.    In  case  the  delay  has  already occurred, Pulsatilla, Lycopodium or Natrum Mur should be tried.
If due to cold, there is severe toothache or soreness in the throat, Aconite would definitely be needed.  If there is congestion of a part of a body due to the  increased blood flow and pressure, spontaneous bleeding may start internally or  externally.Whatever the reason of this sudden episode associated with sense of fear, Aconite should be administrated without any reservation.
If due to a sudden mental shock, there is a stoppage of urine, Aconite should be given.The prompt use of Aconite in the case of bad news of  somebody’s  death  or  financial  loss  will  save  the  person  from delayed  deleterious  effects.Some  doctors believe  that  Aconite  is more useful in women than in men.The internal  diseases of the women and inflammation of the uterus can be controlled if Aconite is given at the beginning of the disease.The Aconite illnesses subside in open air, but get worse at night in a warm room or if there is dry, cold air.

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Adjuvants:    Sulphur,    Coffea,    Arnica,    Belladonna,    Bryonia, Phosphorus, Spongia

Antidotes:    Nux Vomica and Sulphur

Potency:    Mother  Tincture  or  usually  30,  200,  1000  or  CM, depending upon the situation and the experience of the homoeopath.

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