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    The use and function of Aconitum

    • Last Update: 2020-04-03
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    Aconite is a scientific name of Aconitum or Aconitum pratense, which belongs to the Ranunculaceae family

    Its common names also include Aconitum root, helmet flower, aconite flower, niubian and caopus, etc

    This is a kind of perennial plant with a shape similar to delphinium, which can grow to 0.6 to 1.5 meters high

    Aconitum is characterized by helmet shaped blue or purple flowers, but occasionally white, pink or yellow flowers

    There are more than 100 varieties of Aconitum, which can be found in the United States and Canada, as well as in Asia, Africa and Europe under different climatic conditions

    This plant contains poisonous alkaloids such as aconitine

    - traditional medicinal value people have used Aconitum as poison and medicine since ancient times

    Although all parts are poisonous, the rhizome is the most poisonous part of the plant

    Aconite extract (or essence) is often used as a medical oral medicine to have a fever associated with cold, lung inflammation, laryngitis and asthma, and has the effects of relieving pain, reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure

    In addition, it is a diuretic and has a sedative effect

    In traditional Chinese medicine, Aconitum root is usually mixed with licorice or ginger

    Aconitum extract was once used as arrow poison

    In the past, Aconitum was also the most commonly used tincture in western countries

    It can be used as foaming medicine liniment to relieve neuralgia, rheumatism and sciatica

    As a partial or homeopathy, Aconitum can also be used to treat fear, anxiety and restlessness

    In addition, this herb can be used to treat sudden fever, dry symptoms, cold or hot weather, tingling, chills and numbness, flu or cold stuffy nose, and headache

    - it is suggested that the toxicity of Aconitum is very high

    2 mg pure Aconitum or 1 g plant will cause respiratory center or myocardial paralysis, which may lead to death

    Therefore, this herb should be used with caution

    The toxicity of fresh Aconitum is very high, and its safe dose depends on the processing

    Many varieties of Aconitum used in traditional Chinese medicine can only be used as medicine after processing

    As both oral and external use have side effects, Aconitum is not recommended for pregnant women and lactating women.
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