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ACONITUM NAPELLUS

(acon)

MONKSHOOD RANUNCULACEAE

Is generally indicated in acute or recent cases occurring in young persons, especially girls of a full, plethoric habit WHO LEAD A SEDENTARY LIFE; PERSONS EASILY AFFECTED by atmospheric changes; dark hair and eyes, rigid muscular fibre.

Complaints caused by exposure to DRY COLD AIR, DRY NORTH or WEST WINDS, or exposure to draughts of cold air while in a perspiration; bad effects of checked perspiration.

Great fear and anxiety of mind, with great nervous excitability; afraid to go out, to go into a crowd where there is any excitement or many people; to cross the street.

The countenance is expressive of fear; THE LIFE IS RENDERED MISERABLE BY FEAR: is sure his disease will prove fatal: predicts the day he will die; fear of death during pregnancy.

Restless, anxious, does everything in great haste; must change position often; everything startles him.

Pains: are intolerable, they drive him crazy; he becomes very restless; at night.

Hahnemann says: "Whenever Aconite is chosen homoeopathicallv, you must, above all, observe the moral symptoms, and be careful that it closely resembles them; the anguish of mind and body; the restlessness; the disquiet not to be allayed."

This mental anxiety, worry, fear accompanies the most trivial ailment.

Music is unbearable, makes her sad (Sab. — during menses, Nat. c.)

On rising from a recumbent position the red face becomes deathly pale, or he becomes faint or giddy and falls, and he fears to rise again; often accompanied by vanishing of sight and unconsciousness.

Amenorrhcea in plethoric young girls; after fright, to prevent suppression of menses.

For the congestive stage of inflammation before localization takes place.

Fever: skin dry and hot; face red, or pale and red alternately; BURNING THIRST FOR LARGE QUANTITIES OF COLD WATER, intense nervous restlessness, tossing about in agony; becomes intolerable towards evening and on going to sleep.

Convulsions: of teething children; heat, jerks and twitches of single muscles; child gnaws its fist, frets and screams; skin hot and dry; high fever.

 

Cough, croup; dry, hoarse, suffocating; loud, rough, croaking; hard, ringing, whistling; on EXPIRATION (Caust
on inhalation, Spong.); from dry, cold winds or drafts of air.

Aconite should never be given simply to control the fever, never alternated with other drugs for that purpose. If it be a case requiring Aconite no other drug is needed; Aconite will cure the case.

Unless indicated by the exciting cause, is nearly always injurious in first stages of typhoid fever.

 

Aggravation
Evening and night, pains are insupportable ; in a warm room; when rising from bed; lying on affected side (Hep., Nux m.).

 

Amelioration
In the open air (Alum., Mag. c, Puis., Sab.).

 

Relation
Complementary: to Coffea in fever sleeplessness, intolerance of pain; to Arnica in traumatism; to Sulphur in all cases. Rarely indicated in fevers which bring out eruptions.

Aconite is the acute of Sulphur, and both precedes and follows it in acute inflammatory conditions.