ACONITE (Aconitum napellus)
Other Names: Monkshood, Blue Rocket, Wolfsbane.
Traditionally, this lethal herb was widely employed as an arrow poison by the Ancient Chinese and its generic name comes from the Greek word ‘akontion’ meaning ‘a dart’, and ‘napellus’ means ‘little turnip’, which is a reference to the shape of the tuberous root of Aconite.
Aconitum napellus was an important herb among the thirteenth-century Welsh physicians of Myddvai, but Aconite was not introduced into general medicine until the eighteenth century.
Aconite has a sedative and toxic action due to its alkaloid and aconitine compounds. It also contains picraconitine and aconine.
Aconite was traditionally used as a sedative, a pain killer and an antipyretic, and was once used for feverish conditions, but nowadays only for external use for neuralgia and sciatica.
The herb Aconite is associated with the Tarot card the Knight of Wands. Aconite is a metabolic stimulant and is excellent for a low metabolism, coldness and rheumatic and arthritic complaints.
Aconite must only be used in a special detoxified form which is available at Chinese pharmacies, or in minute homeopathic doses as it is very poisonous.
All parts of the Aconite plant are extremely POISONOUS. It is to be used ONLY by medical personnel.