The remedy Aconite

Aconite or Aconitum napellus, is derived from the buttercup family and is used primarily for those people suffering with sore throats; colds; influenza; panic attacks; earache; croup and sudden shock.

Aconite for colds

Aconite is commonly used as a pre-cursor for those suffering with the onset of a cold, having come on quickly, after having been subjected to cold and dry winds. The patient may suffer with phlegm and catarrh, a temperature and sore throat, which may be red and inflamed. The patient may also be more restless, unable to sleep and therefore may become agitated. Other presenting symptoms may be a headache; a tendency to want to drink due to a raging thirst. The patient may also be more sensitive to touch during his/her illness, which is often the case.

Aconite is generally a remedy that is used for patients who are normally healthy, strong, but excitable. As the illness develops quickly, so their strength will deteriorate. Their behaviour is characterised by fear with their inability to settle quickly, bringing about a fear of panic attacks and phobias.

Additional uses of Aconite

Aconite is a remedy that can also be used for people who have eye, or ear infections. Symptoms may include swollen eyes that consist of an ache or burning pain, possibly from conjunctivitis or a sustained injury. Their eyes may be particularly sensitive to light. Ear infections can come on quickly causing sharp pain whilst being sensitive to noise. All these symptoms may be brought on by a high fever, agitation and restlessness.

I tend to use Aconite if I’m not sure where the illness is heading. Usually when the illness presents itself better, I move on to a different remedy.

Seek professional help

As with all homeopathic remedies it is advisable to seek help from a qualified Registered Homeopath to make sure that the remedies used fit the symptoms fully.


8 Feb, 2011

6 thoughts on “The remedy Aconite

  1. Sounds like a really useful remedy to try and head off a cold before it sets in. I must remember to give it a go before reaching for the cold/flu remedies from the pharmacy.

    Thanks for the post – it’s really informative.

  2. Yes, sounds like a useful remedy, which I’ll have to try out sometime when I get sick. It’s hard to find something that doesn’t come from the pharmacy to help with getting over a cold!

    1. It’s worth a shot if and when you get sick, but I’m hoping you won’t of course! Lovely to see you on site… thank you for posting.

  3. Good post with great information. I will try to find this here from the natural food store I frequent. I don’t usually take anything when I get a cold, but if it may help get over it quicker I’m all for it!

    1. I find it helps reduce the side effects of a cold, so I stay well for longer the other side. Let me know how you get on Lisa. Thanks for your post.

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