Remedy Spotlight: Aconite

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

This post is the first in a series designed to teach you about specific homeopathic remedies and what conditions they can be used to treat. Although homeopathic remedies work superbly for treating chronic illness and disease, that type of treatment needs to be individualized and is generally only successful when undertaken with the help of a well-trained homeopath. For this series, I'll be focusing specifically on ways you can use homeopathic remedies in your everyday life.

The first remedy I'll teach you about is Aconite, also known as Aconitum napellus, which is a remedy made from the monk's hood (wolf's bane) plant. Like all homeopathic remedies, Aconite works by stimulating the body to heal itself. Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic, safe for all ages, and have no side effects.

Homeopathic Aconite is taken internally and works well for:

  • Shock,

  • Fright,

  • Sudden illness/fever,

  • Croup, and

  • Eye injuries.

Aconite for Shock

Immediately after an injury occurs, shock commonly sets in. Although Arnica is most-often indicated for shock, when the shock is accompanied by fright Aconite generally works better. Indications for the use of Aconite in shock include the following:

  • Distress with anxiety, fear, or panic,

  • Wailing or screaming,

  • Skin that is flushed,

  • Skin that is hot and dry, and/or alternating between hot and cold,

  • Palms that feel cool and clammy,

  • Palpitations,

  • Dizziness, and/or

  • Trembling.

In Homeopathy in General Practice, Dr. R.A.F. Jack writes that "Aconite has been my best standby in acute medical emergencies. It is indicated in all cases of mental or physical shock or fright, with any of the following symptoms: tremor, palpitations, hyperventilation or gasping for breath; tight feeling in the chest; feeling cold or hot, collapse, or obvious fright or distress... If asked, 'In what type of illness or emergency do you use Aconite?', I might turn the question to 'When do I not use Aconite?', because I routinely use it on arrival at the scene of road accidents, coronary thrombosis, sudden death, burns, scalds, funerals - any and every occasion where panic, fright or shock are in evidence. [1]"

Aconite for Fright

Homeopathic Aconite excels in treating ailments that come on after fright. Incidents that produce a fear of impending death, such as car accidents, natural disasters, being attacked, or even watching a scary movie can induce an Aconite state. Anytime there are ailments that come on after a fright, Aconite is likely to be of benefit whether the ailments are mental/emotional (such as feeling anxiety or fear), or physical (such as palpitations, trembling, or an illness that develops after fright).

A few examples of the successful use of Aconite in my own practice include the following:

  • a child who became very fearful and anxious after being nearly ran over by a car,

  • a toddler who became very clingy and fearful after getting separated from her parents and lost in a crowd,

  • a woman who became anxious and kept having horrible visions after seeing maggots eating an ill animal, and

  • a child who remained fearful after being attacked by a dog.

One easy way to remember to use Aconite for ailments from fright is the mantra:

When there's fright, Aconite.

Aconite for Sudden Illness or Fever

When illness or fever develops suddenly, especially after exposure to fright or cold wind, Aconite is likely to help. Illnesses that will respond well to Aconite may have some of the following characteristics:

  • the illness comes on after exposure to cool winds,

  • the illness comes on after a fright,

  • there is sudden fever with thirst, restlessness, and/or anxiety

  • the illness develops rapidly with strong symptoms, and/or

  • the illness is accompanied by fear or anxiety.

Aconite generally works during the first 24 hours of such an illness, and can often end the illness entirely such that it never progresses any further.